What is chondromalacia patellae injury? This is actually a general term broadly used to refer to damage the cartilage under one’s kneecap. According to Mayo Clinic, a more accurate term for this would be patellofemoral pain syndrome. Many also refer to this as runner’s knee due to its association with repetitive motions like running.
As the term “patellofemoral” implies, this causes pain of the aching, dull variety at the front of one’s knee. Discomfort is often heightened when doing activities such as kneeling, squatting, climbing/descending stairs, or sitting with a bent knee for a long period of time.
As many of these activities are necessary for day-to-day life, not to mention no one wants to live with knee pain day in and day out, it is important to seek chondromalacia patella treatment.
The good news is that conservative treatment for chondromalacia is usually quite effective. This often includes wearing a chondromalacia knee brace like this that supports the patellar joint and helps the kneecap to track as it should.
The chondromalacia brace features a u-shaped buttress that stabilizes the patella and helps it to track as it should. This buttress is sewn in, so it will not slip out of place.
The brace itself is constructed of a lightweight material that allows heat and moisture to escape. The airflow this brace for runners’ knee treatment permits makes it quite comfortable, even for active use such as running or during rehab.
The support for chondromalacia of the knee applies compression around the kneecap, which is great for reducing swelling and promoting healing.
The knee brace for chondromalacia is open at the patella, keeping pressure off the kneecap and allowing it to glide smoothly within the joint. The popliteal area of the chondromalacia patella knee brace is also open, for a more comfortable fit.
The open-patella and back of the runner’s knee brace also enhances the flexibility of the brace for active use. These openings also improve the breathability of the patellar chondromalacia brace.
Spiral stays on either side of the knee prevent the knee brace for chondromalacia patellae from bunching up or rolling.
The 13-inch long support for knee pain from chondromalacia has contact-closure straps both above and below the kneecap. These straps can be tightened as needed to keep the brace suspended.
Besides treating moderate chondromalacia patella, this versatile brace can also be used for patella subluxation, an abnormally high or low-lying patella (patella alta/baja), patella tendon injuries, or patellofemoral tracking syndrome. This support may also be appropriate during the recovery period from surgery for chondromalacia patella.
One can hand wash this brace for treatment of chondromalacia patella using mild soap. But high temperatures to wash or dry the product should be avoided.
Beneath the kneecap, there is a layer of cartilage the cushions the kneecap that enables it to glide smoothly and painlessly within the knee joint socket and helps absorb shock. This tissue is quite important for pain-free use of one’s legs.
But this cartilage is not infallible. Overuse, trauma to the knee cap or poor control of the muscles around one’s hip that compromises the tracking of one’s knee cap can all irritate this cartilage and lead to chondromalacia patella knee pain. A woman’s wider hips or obesity can also increase one’s likelihood of developing chondromalacia of the knee. (Get for more details on what chondromalacia patella in the knee is and how to treat it.)
Rest is the best medicine for chondromalacia knee treatment. That means avoiding activities that heighten pain, such as running, jumping, climbing stairs, kneeling, etc., as much as possible. Over-the-counter pain medications can help reduce inflammation and discomfort.
Wearing a chondromalacia patella knee support can also be quite effective. The support it provides to the knee helps to rest it so irritation can subside. And its stabilizing and patella tracking qualities can help prevent further damage to the cartilage beneath one’s kneecap.
Besides wearing a brace for chondromalacia patella, one might consider wearing arch supports. These can improve the alignment of one’s patella and help distribute weight more evenly.
Ice is another simple solution for patellofemoral chondromalacia treatment for reducing pain and swelling. Wearing a knee wrap for cold and compression therapy can make ice therapy much more convenient.
In some cases, rehabilitation exercises to strengthen those muscles that support the knee and are important to its alignment might also be helpful. This brace for runners’ knee can be used during such exercises thanks to its lightweight, breathable design.
If these conservative modes of treatment fail to bring relief, chondromalacia knee surgery may be needed. Arthroscopy, where a surgeon uses a tiny camera to remove fragments or damaged cartilage, is a minimally invasive procedure that can ease the pain.
In more severe cases, chondromalacia of the patella surgery may involve an operation to realign the kneecap or otherwise ease pressure on the cartilage beneath one’s kneecap.
This splint for patellofemoral pain can support the knee after such procedures.
Knee chondromalacia treatment is often as simple as resting the knee and wearing a knee brace for patellar tracking. Following is a detailed list of its features.
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