Chondromalacia Patella: Symptom and Causes


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.
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