The patella, or kneecap, is covered on its back side with the thickest layer of articular cartilage of all the joints in the body. Chondromalacia patellae occurs when this cartilage deteriorates or erodes. An abnormal alignment between the patellae and the femur can result, which leads to a clicking or crunching in the joint when it is fully extended. Chondromalacia patellae affects one out of every 5,000 people.
How does chondromalacia patellae develop?
Although chondromalacia patellae usually results from overuse or trauma to this area, it may also occur spontaneously. If the patella is fractured, pain may persist after the fracture heals. The patellofemoral joint, where the knee cap joins the femur, absorbs a significant amount of force during a variety of activities ranging from walking to climbing stairs to squatting. Sports such as running and wrestling may lead to excessive stress as well as injury in this area.
What are the symptoms of chondromalacia patellae?
Symptoms of chondromalacia patellae are straightforward – knee tenderness and pain, felt most intensely when squatting or going up stairs, as well as a grinding feeling when the knee is extended.
Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of chondromalacia patellae, but they do not address the root of the problem. By strengthening structural weaknesses in the body, as natural medicine treatments like Prolotherapy do, pain associated with chondromalacia patellae may be alleviated permanently.
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The treatment regimens suggested here are based on the experience of Caring Medical. They do not apply to every case or condition. A person using these recommendations without the aid of a personal physician does so at their own risk.
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