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Q. Will chondromalacia patella cause any complication during pregnancy and delivery?

Answered by
Dr. Chintan
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 27, 2020 and last reviewed on: Jan 30, 2020

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 something dislocating while walking. For one year, I started with a mild cracking sound, the clicking and cracking sound is there always while bending or squatting. I am taking collagen powder and I took an x-ray.

My questions are: chondromalacia patella will go away on its own? How long it will take to heal or recover fully? Will stretch exercise and hot bag alone cure this? Doctor prescribed Repacoll bioactive collagen peptides, how many months do I need to take it? Please give your advice to heal completely asap. We are planning for a second kid, will this create a problem (excess knee pain) during pregnancy period? And during delivery (labor or c-section) will it give any complications?

Dr. Chintan

Orthopedics And Traumatology


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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 will make your cartilage stronger and it will cure chondromalacia. You can take Repacoll bioactive collagen peptides till pain reduces and then stop as per your doctor's advice.

Best is to do exercises and have an active lifestyle and take medication only when pain is unbearable. Chondromalacia would not cause any problem with pregnancy. However, you might have to stop all medication when you conceive.

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