The most common symptoms of Chondromalacia Patella are:
- Dull, aching pain in the front of your knee
- Pain going downstairs
- Pain when you first get up after prolonged sitting
- A grating/grinding sensation when moving the leg (crepitus)
- Minor swelling around the patella
- Tenderness with any pressure through the kneecap
- Chondromalacia patella occurs when the kneecap rubs against the bones rather than gliding over them. This causes small tears in the cartilage which get inflamed and cause pain.
- The pain may occur due to overuse of the joint, poor control of the muscles, Poor alignment of the kneecap, or injury.
- In older people, it may develop as part of the aging process where there is wear and tear of cartilage in many joints.