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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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 somethi...  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 w...  Read Full »

Iunderwent quadriceps tendon repair surgery and the MRI showed development of patchy marrow edema in the patella and lateral femoral condyle. Please tell if I have a risk of articular cartilage damage, chondromalacia patella, or arthritis.

Query: Hello doctor, I underwent quadriceps tendon repair surgery in August of this year. After that, as per the MRI finding, I developed patchy marrow edema in the patella and lateral femoral condyle. However, MRI does not mention articular cartilage damage, chondromalacia patella, or arthritis in the rep...  Read Full »

Dr. Ruchi Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. So I went through your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) and made additional observations. 1. There is evidence of thinning and irregularity of the patel...  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 2 to 3 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 invest...  Read Full »

Is my left knee pain due to pregnancy or chondromalacia patella?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35-year-old female. I have had pain in the posterior part of my left knee for the past year. Currently, I am eight and a half months pregnant, and I have continuous posterior knee joint pain. I did my MRI when I was four to five months pregnant. I do not have any pain in the anteri...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to I understand your concern. The patellofemoral pain not only causes pain while climbing or going down the stairs but after a period of rest, and the first few steps can be painful. Sometimes the pain is worse and radiates to the shin and the back of the knee. Consid...  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 are the answers to your questions:1. Whether you need surgery or not?Ans: No, you will not need surgery anytime soon, especially during your pregnancy or post-pregnancy period. Type 4 chondromalacia can be easily conserved.2. What treatment can be offered now for ...  Read Full »

Why does my son suffer from severe knee pain every day?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a mother of a 14 year old son. Over the past couple of months, my son has severe knee pains daily. He has vitamin D deficiency, which I have been told may cause it. The pain usually starts after being in one position for too long. It only lasts for about a minute but the pain is b...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The symptoms you suggested point towards chondromalacia patella, which happens to be due to the softening of cartilage behind the knee cap. I suggest you try taking the following. Tablet Ibuprofen 400 mg, twice a day for ten days after food. Tablet Rabeprazole 20 mg, tw...  Read Full »

Why am I getting knee pain even with simple activity?

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 »

What could cause severe knee pain in bowed legs?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 16 years old. I am hypermobile, especially in my knees, and almost every day. Especially nowadays I get horrible pains in my whole knee, deeper than the surface. My knees are bent inward, so like the opposite of being bow-legged and I was just wondering if these were just growing pai...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your knee pain could be due to certain reasons but common ones are chondromalacia, pain due to knee instability, inflammation, etc. If there is no history of any injury, and no inflammation or infection like swelling, skin redness or local warmth on touching, then I wi...  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 ...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hello doctor, I am 30 years old. I have pain, stiffness and cracking or creaking sound 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 si...  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: rupture of posterior ho...  Read Full »

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