Chondromalacia Patellae

I’m currently looking into Chondromalacia Patellae. I’m trying to figure out what kind of long term effects it will have, or any other injuries that could effect people with this condition at some other point in their life. Thanks!

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    Chondromalacia is a condition in which the underside of the patella degenerates and is often called a lot of other things such as patellofemoral syndrome. I guess it’s kind of like “shin splints” it’s a term to describe a wide variety of conditions. Anyhow, this condition is most common in females because of the angle of thier hips. However, males often experience this condition this condition as well. Other causes of Chrondramacia include lack of nutrients to the patella, direct trauma to the patella, and overuse.

    As far as treatment goes, RICE and exercises to strengthen the quadriceps and hamstrings usually clears up this problem in a month or so, but surger may be necessary in some cases. Someone with this chondromalacia usually has to be sent to a physical therapist because it is quite difficult to find just the right quad strenghtening exercises that don’t agravate this condition further.

    You asked about the long term effects of this condition and the only ones that came to mind was having to wear a knee brace during exercise to stabilize the patella and watch to make sure that this condition doesn’t return.

    Hope this helps!



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