chondromalcia Patella; treatments

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chondromalcia Patella; treatments

Postby brew » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:42 pm

What are the best treatments for Chondromalcia Patella? I've tried physical therapy and exercises but it only worsens the pain. It's getting to the point that I can barelly walk without my knees swelling an throbbing with pain. What do I do? Is surgery the next best option?

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Re: chondromalcia Patella; treatments

Postby Tom Plamondon PA-C » Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:31 pm

In severe cases, the patella surface can be resurfaced with a prosthesis or by allograft (osteochondral allograft).

Also, if the lateral retinaculum is tight and causing chronic dislocation or subluxation, a release of this tight tissue can be done.

Otherwise conservative treatment focuses on maintain range of motion, quadricep strength and hamstring length, bracing and NSAIDs (to decrease inflammation).

Take care.
Tom Plamondon PA-C, PT

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