Chondromalacia Patella, also known as runner’s knee, results from direct impact, overuse, tight muscles, or altered biomechanics. It affects the cartilage on the back of the patella, causing pain and discomfort. It is a common condition for younger athletes, especially women due to a higher Q angle, the angle between the patella and the quadriceps muscle.
What is it?
Chondromalacia Patella is the inflammation, degeneration, or damage to the articular cartilage under the patella.
Common Signs & Symptoms:
Common symptoms include pain in the front of the knee, swelling in the front of the knee, and grinder or clicking when straightening or bending the knee. Pain may increase with long walking or sitting periods.
Assessment methods involve evaluating pain levels and location, testing range of motion and strength limitations, and observing swelling or tenderness points. Biomechanical factors may, also, be analyzed to determine if the cause is due to gait or foot issues. An x-ray can confirm the diagnosis.
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