Patient Comments: Chondromalacia Patella - Symptoms

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Comment from: Allison, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I just got back from the doctor and from what he said, this seems to be what I have going on in my right knee. About a year and a half ago I had ACL Reconstruction surgery and lost a lot of the muscle in my leg. I have been noticing a grinding or crunching noise in my knee and went to check it out. This makes stairs difficult, squats and lunges are not at all possible for me, and if I stand for 4 hours (I work in retail) then sit down for 10 to 30 minutes it is painful when I get back up. The biggest symptom that I have is the crunching noise in the upper front part of my knee. My doctor told me to do exercises to strengthen the muscles around my knee to hold the knee cap in place. Right now, my left side is weak, so the muscle on the right pulls my knee cap to the right causing it to grind the cartilage.

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Comment from: Barbwirenroses, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I was only "diagnosed" with this a few days ago. However, the pain and issues started over 20 years ago while I was in the military. I have done arthroscopes, and even a lateral release to correct the issue. I was told over and over again "do xxx and the pain will stop". The doctor I saw a few days ago told me point blank that because I have done everything that can be done, I am just to live with it. I am 39 with 2 younger children (8 & 10) so this means that after the trip to the zoo / amusement park / etc. I am stuck with anti-inflammatory meds and heat / ice. Not a great life.

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Comment from: Anniegirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I am 38 years old and a female. I have been told that I have chondromalacia patella due to my patella being offset over my knee bone but that I was most likely born this way. I have the same issue with my elbow joints.

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Comment from: browneyes, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

Pain in my back, knee (worst after long sitting or prolong walking) sides of my knee, and down my leg. I am 63 yrs old.

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Comment from: rockyh77, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I was diagnosed in the 80s with chondromalacia patella. The doctors were getting me ready for a knee replacement. I went to four acupuncture treatments for a little more than one hundred dollars and have never had a serious problem since. I never needed the operation! Back in those days, acupuncture was treated like speak easies, underground here in the United States. Now, many states certify the acupuncturist.

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Comment from: 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

I've been diagnosed with chondromalacia patella. I am a recreational soccer player. My symptoms are pain in front of joint and stiffness in back of the upper and lower leg and needle like pain in my foot.

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Comment from: TXKneePain, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 18

I am a 44 year old female in excellent health. I have had pain in both knees for almost 5 months. At first I thought it was tendonitis and waited for it to go away. It kept getting worse. The pain was worst descending stairs, after bending or squatting, after prolonged sitting, and at night. My pain is less on days I am active. Sitting at work at my desk is the worst. The pain was getting so bad that it would wake me up at night. I had no visible swelling. My left knee makes an awful sound when I squat; my daughter says it sounds like cardboard ripping. I have consistently exercised, mostly walking 3 miles 5 times a week, dancing, and Wii Fit. I was in so much pain that I finally went to my GP a month ago, and he diagnosed knee bursitis and put me on a prescription NSAID. After 4 weeks of no improvement (and the drug making me feel strange), I went to an Orthopedist who diagnosed me with patello femoral syndrome. I have been prescribed physical therapy twice a week for 6 weeks and then we'll see where we are. It is depressing to read about how frustrating this can be to deal with. I'm very active and now feel old. I am hopeful the physical therapy will work and I'll learn what exercises to do.

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