Chondromalacia Patella: Causes
Chondromalacia patella is a softening or wearing away of the articular cartilage on the undersurface of the patella, more commonly known as the kneecap. Articular cartilage cushions the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone) where they meet in the knee, allowing them to move freely and easily. But, when the articular cartilage softens or wears away, pain and inflammation result.
Treatment is done at home. Surgery may be needed in rare cases.
Chondromalacia of the Knee
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Last reviewedMarch 2013by John C. Keel, MD
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