Chondromalacia Patella

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Chondromalacia Patella, commonly known as 'runner's knee', is a condition characterised by the softening and damage of the cartilage beneath the kneecap (patella). This condition primarily affects young adults and teenagers and is more prevalent in women. The exact cause of Chondromalacia Patella remains unclear, but it's often associated with knee overuse, particularly in sports, and may result from misalignment or imbalance in knee muscles. Common symptoms include pain at the front of the knee, particularly when climbing stairs or after prolonged sitting, and a grinding sensation during knee movement.

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Understanding Chondromalacia Patella

Chondromalacia Patella overlaps with patellofemoral pain syndrome, presenting symptoms without serious underlying conditions like arthritis or injury. It ranges from mild to severe, often worsening with activities that put pressure on the knee joint. At London Cartilage Clinic, our focus on Patella cartilage repair and Kneecap pain relief provides patients with tailored treatment plans.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis typically involves a clinical assessment, supported by imaging tests like MRI scans and X-rays for a comprehensive view. Treatment focuses on relieving pain and includes avoiding strenuous knee use, painkillers, injections, magnetic therapy (PEMF)and physiotherapy to strengthen surrounding muscles and correct alignment issues. In more severe cases, arthroscopic key hole surgery might be recommended for realignment, smoothing or repair of the cartilage.

Why Choose London Cartilage Clinic?

Our clinic specialises in cutting-edge treatments for Chondromalacia Patella, offering personalised care. With advanced diagnostics and a team of experienced specialists, we ensure the most effective Patellofemoral syndrome therapy for each patient.


Frequently Asked Questions

Physical activities that place strain on the knees are likely to lead to the worsening of chondromalacia symptoms. Common examples include running, jumping, hiking, and sports involving dynamic leg movements. Staying in a seated position for long periods of time can also exacerbate the symptoms of chondromalacia.

Untreated chondromalacia will lead to the complete degradation of the cartilage underneath the patella. This will leave the knee vulnerable to impacts and drastically increase the likelihood of osteoarthritis.

Chondromalacia Patella is unique due to its specific location – the cartilage under the kneecap – and its common occurrence in young adults, particularly females.

Non-surgical treatments, including injections, magnetic therapy (PEMF), physiotherapy and medication, are effective in most cases, significantly improving symptoms without the need for surgery.

Surgery is considered when conservative treatments fail to provide relief, focusing on realigning or repairing the damaged cartilage.

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