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What is chondrosis (chondromalacia)?

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  • AScripps Health answered
    Dull knee pain that comes on gradually often stems from long-term deterioration of the knee’s cartilage. This deterioration is called chondromalacia.
  • AHealthwise answered
    Chondrosis, also called chondromalacia, is a softening or loss of smooth cartilage, most frequently that which covers the back of the kneecap. The softened cartilage may cause pain whenever pressure is applied to the underside of the kneecap during activities such as kneeling, going down stairs or sitting for long periods.

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  • Chondromalacia patella is a softening and deterioration of the cartilage on the back side of the kneecap. Pain, swelling, and a grinding sensation often accompany this pathology. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
  • AF Selesnick, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida
    Chondromalacia patella is the softening and breakdown of the cartilage that lines the underside of the kneecap (patella), causing pain in the front of the knee and a grating or grinding sensation when the knee is flexed.
    Chondromalacia patella results from degeneration of cartilage due to poor alignment of the kneecap as it slides over the lower end of the thigh bone (femur). It can be aggravated if you are doing too much activity that places extra stress on the kneecap, such as running, jumping or twisting, skiing or playing soccer.
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