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Treatments for Chondromalacia

Treatment List for Chondromalacia

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Chondromalacia includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Low-impact exercises - only acceptable if knee does not bend too much
    • Swimming
    • Stationary bicycle
    • Cross-country ski machine
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Rest, NSAID, surgery

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Discussion of treatments for Chondromalacia:

Many doctors recommend that patients with chondromalacia perform low-impact exercises that strengthen muscles, particularly the inner part of the quadriceps, without injuring joints. Swimming, riding a stationary bicycle, and using a cross-country ski machine are acceptable as long as the knee doesn't bend more than 90 degrees. Electrical stimulation may also be used to strengthen the muscles. If these treatments don't improve the condition, the doctor may perform arthroscopic surgery to smooth the surface of the cartilage and "wash out" the cartilage fragments that cause the joint to catch during bending and straightening. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the angle of the knee cap and relieve friction with the cartilage or to reposition parts that are out of alignment. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Knee Problems: NIAMS)

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