Patient Comments: Chondromalacia Patella - Treatment

What forms of therapy or treatment did you receive for your chondromalacia patella (patellofemoral syndrome)?

Comment from: Wahoo517, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I started having knee pain when I was around 10 years old, after falling on some stairs. I tried different sports all through high school but I had to quit all of them because of the knee pain. By time I was in my mid-20s, the pain was terrible. Physical therapy did not work, nor did injections. I ended up having surgery for my chondromalacia patella. The surgery took the pain away, but that knee has always felt a bit weaker than my other good knee.

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Comment from: Bonnie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I was diagnosed with chondromalacia patella in high school as I would wake up in the night while trying to straighten out my bent knee, in excruciating pain. I was sent to physical therapy to build up both my quadriceps and hamstring muscles. And, it went away! For years I worked out those muscles and never had the pain. Now, I haven't worked out in a few years and suddenly the pain has started again. So, back to the weight bench! I truly believe it's the only thing that helps.

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Comment from: KMY, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I was diagnosed with chondromalacia patella when I was in 8th grade. I was a cheerleader in 7 to 8th grade as well as on my volleyball team. I wasn"t overly active but a normal kid; liked riding my bike, but it hurt to do so for a long time and that is why. I had my first knee surgery when I was a sophomore in high school, an arthroscopy scraping of my right knee and again my senior year of the left. I had lateral release of the left in 2001, and on countless medications since the beginning, starting with Clinoril. I was on it for years, as well as endless Advil. When that didn"t work anymore, I was on prescription anti-inflammatories from Celebrex to the current one of Piroxicam and that is starting to wane as well. I had cortisone shots that did not work at all as well the Orthovisc shots that cost $600 each. A series of three, and that also didn"t work at all. I am now 46 and my orthopedist told me that I"m a candidate for partial knee replacement. I have 2 children and work on my feet all day every day. I am a tool and die maker so I squat and bend down quite a bit and in constant pain. I guess I just kind of ignore it and move through it as I really don"t have a choice. I can"t stop my life. I am not able to retire or sit and do nothing at all. A couple of doctors that I have gotten second opinions from said that they would have to remove my knee cap and replace it in a different position to get it to track well. It is now to the point that I have to address the problem again and any physical therapy makes the problem worse too. My options are pretty limited as well. I"ve heard of experimental cartilage replacement therapy. Pretty sure that insurance won"t cover that. Any other ideas out there, I"m all ears.

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Comment from: Wendy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I hurt my knee about 5 weeks ago and have been limping around ever since. I did all the R.I.C.E. home treatments and nothing worked for more than a couple hours. Yesterday I saw a knee specialist who diagnosed me with chondromalacia patella. He gave me a cortisone shot and prescribed physical therapy for 4 weeks. For the first time in 5 weeks, I have almost no pain. Praying that the cortisone & therapy help get me back to my normal, active lifestyle.

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Comment from: diane, 65-74 (Patient) Published: May 14

For as long as I can remember, I have had knock knees. I have exercised for 33 years. Recently, I slipped down a cement step and my right knee hit the cement wall. Since then, the pain has worsened and climbing up and down stairs hurts. I can't sit still in a car or a movie theater without moving from side to side, the pain seems to build to the point that I have to move and it stops for a time and starts again. It's very embarrassing not to be able to sit still. I am having orthroscopic surgery on my right knee.

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