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

Can strengthening exercises help improve weak cartilage in the knee cap?


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Dr. Anuj Gupta

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Published At August 29, 2023
Reviewed AtSeptember 12, 2023

Patient's 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?

Answered by Dr. Anuj Gupta


Welcome to icliniq.com.

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.

Patient's Query

Thank you for the reply doctor,

I do not engage in much physical activity. I experienced pain after kneeling with a little weight, I suppose. I feel a small, hard, movable swelling on the upper slight medial side of my patella, accompanied by pain when folding my knee.

Answered by Dr. Anuj Gupta


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I think you may have a condition called chondromalacia patellae, where the cartilage becomes weak. To treat this problem, you need to engage in specific exercises. You can learn these exercises from the internet, and they are known as quadriceps and hamstring strengthening exercises. Additionally, for further evaluation of the swelling, I recommend getting an X-ray with a lateral view of the knee.

I hope your queries are resolved and any further queries are welcome.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Anuj Gupta
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