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Patellofemoral syndrome (Chondromalacia)


Patellofemoral syndrome (chondromalacia)

In 50% of cases, knee pain is due to excessive exercise.

Accentuated by the knee flexion movements involving the quadriceps.

Resulting from irritation of the external portion of the patella due to compression against the femur.

Occurs very often in children and adolescents and almost always disappears with age.

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Patellofemoral syndrome is one of the most common knee problems among runner.


Patellofemoral syndrome (chondromalacia)

Knee pain that seems to have its origin on the inside of the knee.

Knee pain occurs when walking up or down stairs, after prolonged sitting, kneeling, jumping or wearing high-heeled shoes.

Usually presents without trauma but may follow a knee injury.

Without appropriated treatment, this condition can become recurrent and chronic. A dislocation of the patella is possible and arthritis in the joint may develop.


If you develop numbness or weakness in your lower extremities, see your chiropractor immediately.

The causes

Patellofemoral syndrome (chondromalacia)

  • Misalignment of the patella in the femoral gutter
  • Anterior or repeated knee injuries
  • Flat or pronated feet
  • General misalignment of the lower limb
  • Exercise abuse causing knee pain ("too much effort, too soon" syndrome)
  • Sports involving running and jumping
  • Weakness of the quadriceps and muscles stabilizing the pelvis
  • Tight muscles on the external face and the back of the knee

The treatment

Patellofemoral syndrome (chondromalacia)

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Reduce inflammation
Reduce inflammation
Stretching and strengthening exercises to stabilize the knee
Rest and change of activities
Medication (anti-inflammatory) as needed
Very rare surgical procedures
Decrease inflammation with the help of ice (20 minutes / 2 hours) and complementary therapies including neurocryotherapy.
Joint manipulations and soft tissue work (Active Release Techniques and Graston) to correct the biomechanics of the elbow and reduce scar tissue.
Plantar and knee orthotics possible
Improvement of the dynamic relationship between femur and patella
Sports to avoid for knee pain: volleyball, basketball, running, soccer, racquetball, squash.


If you experience these symptoms see your chiropractor.