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Chondromalacia of the patella

Your knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move. When any of these structures is hurt or diseased, you have knee problems. Knee problems can cause pain and difficulty walking.

Arthritis is the most common disease that affects bones in your knees. The cartilage in the knee gradually wears away, causing pain and swelling. Injuries to ligaments and tendons also cause knee problems. A common injury is to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). You usually injure your ACL by a sudden twisting motion. ACL and other knee injuries are common sports injuries.

Treatment of knee problems depends on the cause. In some cases your doctor may recommend knee replacement.

Source: MedlinePlus

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with chondromalacia of the patella, 95% report having knee pain, 26% report having leg pain, and 22% report having knee swelling. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of chondromalacia of the patella are knee pain, knee swelling, knee stiffness or tightness, and knee weakness, although you may still have chondromalacia of the patella without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with chondromalacia of the patella often receive radiographic imaging procedure, plain x-ray, physical therapy exercises, magnetic resonance imaging, other therapeutic procedures, excision, examination of foot and other non-or therapeutic procedures on musculoskeletal system .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with chondromalacia of the patella include diclofenac, celecoxib (celebrex), meloxicam, triamcinolone topical product, glucosamine, metformin / pioglitazone, fexofenadine / pseudoephedrine, pramipexole (mirapex), acetaminophen / butalbital / caffeine, bupivacaine, ropivacaine, rocuronium and chondroitin-glucosamine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for chondromalacia of the patella include age 30-44 years age 45-59 years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years almost never get chondromalacia of the patella.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.4x
15-29 years
0.8x
30-44 years
1.7x
45-59 years
1.8x
60-74 years
0.8x
75+ years
0.3x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.0x
Hispanic
0.8x
White
1.1x
Other
0.4x
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