Chondromalacia Patella, also known as “runner’s knee” describes the condition where the kneecap (patella) surface, and the cartilage around is damaged, which involves softening, erosion, fragmentation and/or scarring.
This condition can have childhood onset, or be caused due to trauma (blow to the kneecap), repetitive stress (occupation, involvement in sports), and/or degeneration (aging).
Patient complains of gradually increasing pain which begins as mild pain, but then increases to sharp grinding pain. They may find difficult in going up and down stairs, standing up after sitting for a prolonged period.
Since cartilage is involved, recovery is slow. However, frequent treatment is important with techniques such as:
- Myofascial trigger point treatment
- Myofascial release
With thorough treatment, full recovery can be expected without reoccurrence.