Definition - Chondromalacia Patella, or “Runner’s Knee,” occurs when repeated stress on the knee causes inflammation and a gradual softening of the cartilage under the kneecap (patella). The inflammation of the cartilage prevents the kneecap from gliding smoothly over the end of the thigh bone (femur), therefore causing pain and swelling of the knee. The underside of the kneecap should be smooth and move within the femoral groove (a groove on the thigh bone). If the kneecap is pulled sideways, it becomes rough like sandpaper, and the symptoms appear.
Symptoms - Runner’s Knee is typically associated with a pain that increases gradually over a period of time, often a year or longer, until it is severe enough that the athlete seeks medical attention. Symptoms usually occur beneath or on both sides of the kneecap. Pain may be intensified with activities such as a short run, squatting or jumping. Stiffness may occur simply from prolonged sitting or descending stairs. Runner’s Knee accounts for 25% of the overuse injuries treated in sports clinics. Teenage girls are the most commonly affected, but any active person age 14 or over may experience this pain syndrome.
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Once the causes are determined and the appropriate steps have been taken to treat the condition, Runner’s Knee should not keep the athlete from activity. Again, I hope this information has been edu-ma-cational. Happy Trails!