Chondromalacia Patella Topic Guide
Chondromalacia Patella: Chondromalacia patella (patellofemoral syndrome) is degeneration of the cartilage underneath the kneecap. Symptoms of chondromalacia patella include knee pain and a feeling of tightness or fullness. Treatment involves avoiding activities that irritate the cartilage under the kneecap, ice packs, antiinflammatory medications, physical therapy, and stretching.
Knee Pain Knee pain has a wide variety of causes and treatments. Home care for knee pain involves protecting the knee from further trauma, in addition to resting, icing, compressing, and elevating the knee. In order to diagnose knee pain, the physician may need to perform a physical exam, get an X-ray, CT scan, MRI, remove fluid, and/or perform blood tests or arthroscopy. Treatment of knee pain depends upon the cause of the knee pain.