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Chondromalacia patella or Runner's Knee Pain

What is Chondromalacia patella?

Chondromalacia patella is a knee pain disorder caused by degeneration and weakening of the cartilage on the undersurface of the kneecap. Chondromalacia patella is another name for runner’s knee. This ailment is frequent in young runners and athletes, but it can also develop in elderly folks with knee arthritis.

Symptoms are:

Knee discomfort, crunching behind the knee cap, difficulty moving upstairs and downstairs, dull soreness behind the kneecap, and pain and stiffness after sitting for lengthy periods of time are common symptoms of Chondromalacia patella.

Chondromalacia patella is widespread in sports such as hockey, football, and basketball.


For orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and sports injuries, we employ world-class high-tech devices such as Ultrasounds Combo Therapy, High-intensity class 4 laser, Super Inductive System (SIS), Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), Targeted Radio Frequency Therapy (TR-Therapy), and others.

Our sports injury expert employs a variety of methods, including manual patella mobilization, soft tissue release of the IT band, dry needling, cupping therapy, and others.

Muscle balance exercises include vastus medialis strengthening and vastus lateralis stretching.

Strengthening exercises- For gluteal muscles (glutes clams, bridging, quadruped hip extension with knee flex). Quadriceps muscles (wall squats, lunges, eccentric SLR, kettlebell quads smash, reverse Nordic curl). Patellar tendon (Bulgarian splits squats, alternating heel tap/toe tap, heel elevated narrow stance goblet squats, Spanish squats).

Stretching of hamstring muscles- Supine hamstring slider, Heel lifted hip hinges, RDL in kick stance, Standing Knee extended toe touch

Correction of foot biomechanics- Using a tailored insole, performing foot arch strengthening activities, and wearing correctly arched shoes.

Also, Plyometrics- It improves muscular control around the knee. This comprises front and back power jump, single-leg landing, and balance. Etc.

In addition, Sports specific training such as- agility training, sports-specific training drills, conditioning, strength and flexibility training, and focused muscle strength training according to specific sports.

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