Chondromalacia is a condition where the cartilage of the under surface of the knee cap undergoes wear and tear. Chondromalacia in other terms is called as Runners Knee as it is very common in athletes who involve specially in running. However it may equally affect other individuals too.

Chondromalacia can also occur in individuals with osteoarthritis of knee, young individuals who are obese, or in individuals with trauma to knee cap.

Causes of  Chondromalacia

  • Trauma
  • Obesity
  • Athletics
  • Repeated usage
  • Age related wear and tear
  • Lack of exercises

Who is at Risk for Chondromalacia?

  • Female sex
  • Elderly people
  • People with flat foot
  • Athletes
  • Individual with osteoarthritis

Symptoms of Chondromalacia

  • Pain over knee
  • Joint line tenderness
  • Crepitus
  • Swelling over knee
  • Severe pain while getting up after prolonged sitting


  • Signs and symptoms
  • Clinical examination
  • X-ray
  • MRI scan study
  • Arthroscopic Examination


  • Analgesics and Anti- inflammatory
  • Physiotherapy
  • Exercises
  • Lubricants
  • Hot fermentation
  • Surgery

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