|Chondromalacia of the Knee|
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- Birth defect in knee alignment
- Weak quadriceps
- Muscle strength imbalance between the inside and outside of the thigh
- Direct trauma
- Participation in activities like running, skiing, cycling, or soccer that put repeated pressure on the patellofemoral joint
- Knock-knee abnormality of the leg
- Acute or chronic knee pain that worsens slowly over time
- A popping or cracking sound as the knee is flexed and extended
- Increased pain when climbing stairs, squatting, kneeling, or running
- Pain and stiffness in the knee after it is flexed for a long period of time
- Do not do activities that cause pain. This includes running, jumping, and weight lifting using the leg muscles.
- If normal walking hurts, shorten your stride.
- Do not play sports until your doctor has said it is safe to do so.
- Over-the-counter medication, such as aspirin , ibuprofen , or acetaminophen
- Topical pain medication—creams or patches that are applied to the skin to help with soft tissue pain
- Prescription pain relievers
- Moving the quadriceps muscle insertion on the lower leg to improve alignment
- Releasing the lateral thigh muscles and tightening the medial muscles
- Smoothing over the undersurface of the patella
- Implanting cartilage taken from one’s own knee
- Maintain a healthy weight to reduce stress on your knees.
- Properly warm up before excersing or doing any physical activity.
- Maintain proper strength by exercising the quadriceps, calf muscles, and hamstring muscles.
- Use proper footwear for your sport. You may need orthotic support to help correct misalignment.
- Slowly increase activity to avoid stress on the knee.
- Use proper form and technique for any sport.
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American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.sportsmed.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
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- Reviewer: John C. Keel, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/01/2013 -