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Chondromalacia Patella

Chondromalacia patella, otherwise called runner's knee, is when the cartilage under the kneecap gets damaged. It is a common overuse sports injury. It causes pain and grinding sensation in the knee.

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I have a clicking sound in my right knee with no pain. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18-year-old. My right knee has a clicking sound without any pain. Please help me out of this. Is this symptom of any big disease? Tell me some things to cure this.  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have what sounds like Chondromalacia patella which in itself is not a major problem and is commonly seen in young adults who are still growing. You will need to do regular exercise of the knee and stretches of the hamstrings and most problems resolve once you...  Read Full »

Is surgery the best option for knee stiffness with walking difficulty?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 30-year-old. I have pain, stiffness, and cracking or creaking sounds in both the knees and joints. Pain is persisting for 24 hours and there is difficulty in walking. There are some other symptoms apart from pain which I have listed below: Locking of joints and stiffness if I sit...  Read Full »

Dr. Saseendar. S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The main findings of the reports are as follows: Left knee rupture of anterior horn of medial meniscus and posterior horn of lateral meniscus. Right knee has a rupture of posterior ho...  Read Full »

I am getting knee pain even with a simple activity. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 27 year old male. My weight is 85 kg and height is 179 cm. About 2 years ago, I participated in a half marathon. On that day, I started feeling pain in both knees above the patella. I think in quadriceps tendon. I followed RICE and the pain went off. But, after that, whenever I do s...  Read Full »

Dr. Shakti Amar Goel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Considering your symptoms and pain, I have a few points to mention. It is possible that the pain is due to quadriceps pull. However, a condition called chondromalacia patellae should also be ruled out. Do you have pain in climbing upwards or upstairs? I wou...  Read Full »

I have a small, pea-sized movable lump in the kneecap. What should I do?

Query: Hello, doctor,I am feeling a small, pea-sized movable lump while massaging the anterior upper side of my patella. I experience pain while folding my knee and walking, but it is manageable and there is no swelling in my knee. Can you please advise me on what to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I do not think the pain while folding is due to swelling. Can you please tell me what you do and how much physical activity you have in your daily routine? I hope your queries are resolved and any further queries are welcome.   Read Full »

I am pregnant, and I have unbearable pain in my knee. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am seven months pregnant and I have type 4 chondromalacia patella and ACL grade 1 sprain. My MRI report shows small focal articular cartilage erosions in the medial femoral condyle of the knee and mild left knee joint effusion. I am doing strengthening exercises but I have a lot of pain...  Read Full »

Dr. Doshi Chintan Ajay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to No, you will not need surgery anytime soon, especially during your pregnancy or post-pregnancy period. Type 4 chondromalacia can be easily conserved. We can definitely help you with your problems especially considering your pregnancy. Most of the painkillers and medicatio...  Read Full »

Why am I getting knee pain when I stand up for the last three months?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26-year-old male. I have knee pain for three months. I used to get the pain when I sit and stand up. The pain used to last for about two to three minutes. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for your query. Your knee pain could be due to certain reasons, but common ones are chondromalacia, pain due to knee instability, inflammation, etc. Can you kindly tell me when you have this knee pain, what was the cause of the onset of symptoms, and what i...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with chondromalacia patella with pain around knee cap. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I feel pain in my knees only when I climb downstairs. I feel pain below around knee cap. I am 48 years old and was quite active in running and sprints. My MRI shows nothing and doctors are stating chondro patella. I am on rest but no big difference in four months. All medical traits...  Read Full »

Dr. Doshi Chintan Ajay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand you have pain in the knee going downstairs. It is good that your knee MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is normal which means you do not have something major to worry about. Regarding Chondromalacia patella as diagnosed, it is usually due to just softening o...  Read Full »

How long does it take for the chondromalacia patella to heal on its own?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33-year-old female. I have mild knee pain for the past six months to one year while working for long hours. No constant continuous pain. But I have discomfort while bending or sitting down for a long time and climbing stairs. I am suddenly getting some discomfort like somethin...  Read Full »

Dr. Doshi Chintan Ajay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Chondromalacia patella is just a softening of knee cartilage. It will strengthen with exercises and medication and it will get better. Chondromalacia itself can take three to six months to get better at earliest if the exercises are strictly done and followed. Exercises...  Read Full »

I have knee pain that radiates to my calf and thigh and is aggravated when bending my knees. Is it due to a blood clot?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 27-year-old female. Around two weeks ago, I started experiencing pain in the back of my right knee, radiating around the knee area and sometimes into my calf and thigh. It is worse when I bend my knees or sit on my knees. Sometimes stretching helps a little. I can walk on it just...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You have mentioned pain in the back of your knee region, which radiated both up and down. You have not mentioned any particular injury to the affected knee. In my opinion, at your age, a common cause of such pain is chondromalacia which is softe...  Read Full »

I met with an accident a month ago but still feel pain in the calf region. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I met with an accident one month ago. After a while, I still feel mild pain in my left leg and no pain in the knee. I can do all types of daily work and can climb stairs. Whenever I walk too much, I feel pain in the left calf. Also, I find difficulty using the Indian toilet because of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Answer: Hello,Welcome to read your query and understand your concern.Before answering your question, I would like to know the following:What was the course of your recovery after the injury?Have you started walking immediately or had plaster?Were any radiographical examinations like X-rays don...  Read Full »

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