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Chrondromalacia Patella Condition


The most common cause of knee pain is chrondomalcia patella.
Chondromalcia means "softening of the cartilage" and Patella means
"knee cap". Chondromalcia Patella means the softening of the articular
cartilage of the knee cap. The articular cartilage is the cartilage lining
under the knee cap that articulates with the knee joint. Under normal
circumstances, it is smooth and shiny, so that is glides smoothly along
the articular groove of the femur as the knee flexes. When it softens it
may break down causing irregularities along the undersurface of the
patella. It is most common in the late 30's early 40's crowd due to the
years of wear and tear. It is also common in active athletes as young
as teenagers. The patellar cartilage is one of the earliest places where
cartilage breakdown occurs and is slowly progressive, leading to
degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis) of the knee joint.
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