Patient Comments: Chondromalacia Patella - Symptoms


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Comment from: Blueivy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I had an accident at work. I was on a ladder doing some filing. I missed a step and started to fall. I grabbed the shelf and I rammed my left knee into the shelf to keep from falling. Ever since then I have a lot of pain. I had physical therapy, MRI, cortisone shot, and a week ago had a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection. I start physical therapy again this week. My orthopedic surgeon now told me I have chondromalacia patella. I am in pain almost all the time with my left knee. I still work full time; very exhausted.

Comment from: Wyldechildmc1679, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I had taken a bad fall on my knee and it’s been a few months with no feeling in my kneecap and pain when I walk up and down the stairs. I went to the doctor and did therapy for chondromalacia patella but it hasn’t helped. My knee still feels like it has got sand or something in it and it clicks and cracks when I bend it. I wonder what else I could do besides Aleve and ice.

Comment from: digby, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I am a 24 year old female. I tore my MCL (medial collateral ligament) in my left knee when I was 16 and have extremely weak quadriceps as a result. Two years ago my left knee swelled to the size of a small football. I went to Accident and Emergency and was told it would die down. Six weeks later it is still not great. I went to the general physician. He referred me to a physiotherapist and did blood test for osteoarthritis. The blood test came back negative. The physiotherapist diagnosed me with patella femoral syndrome. I did 6 months of exercises. I was able to return to normal day to day stuff. Recently my knee swelled again. I can’t get rid of medial swelling. Tape helps slightly. I have seen a different physiotherapist who says I need to see a surgeon as soon as possible, as there may be a likely torn meniscus or loose cartilage.

Comment from: nadia, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I stopped working out when I got pregnant 7 years ago. A year after my baby was born I started working out like crazy, little did I know I was murdering my knees. I was diagnosed with chondromalacia patella. Five years after I still don't feel the same. My knees hurt every time I work out, walk long distance, or go up and down the stairs. I take painkillers almost every day. Running is a thing from the past; my knees gave up and I have tried so many times. My knees will never be the same again and that makes me so sad.

Comment from: Izzy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I am 26 years old, and two months ago while I was at work my knee started swelling. In approximately five hours my knee was the size of a softball. I made an appointment with my doctor that day. When I went to see him, he did not know what had caused it. He asked me if I had injured myself or if I had done anything recently that would have aggravated my knee. I explained that I have a desk job. And that I had not done anything, and could not recall having hurt my knee. He then tried to drain my knee with no avail. He then gave me a steroid shot into my knee cap. That did not work. He prescribed me Naproxen. That did not help either. He upped the Naproxen, which still did not help with the swelling or the pain. He then sent me to a specialist whom diagnosed me with patellofemoral syndrome. He prescribed me diclofenac and physical therapy. A week later I had a massive allergic reaction to the diclofenac, and I was on the verge of a stroke when I got to the emergency room. I have not yet gone to set up my physical therapy and have been dealing with the pain, due to my having to recover from the side effect of my reaction. I am hoping that when I do start physical therapy that it will help, because my knee is still extremely swollen and I am still in pain.

Comment from: Barbara , 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 16

I am getting pain in my knees from chondromalacia patella and it is unbearable.

Comment from: reena, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

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Comment from: Patty W., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I wasn't convinced about surgery for my hemorrhoids but I spoke with my doctor and finally I tried THD (transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization) surgery to solve hemorrhoids problem for it was the definitive solution.

Comment from: Veena, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I used to be physically very active but got into chondromalacia problems. I have been having pain in my knees for more than 3 years now. I wear Aptonia S200 from decathlon shop while going for work. That keeps my knee tight and warm during work hours which keeps my brain free of pain and that way I am able to do my job. But I am looking for a cure for this problem.


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Comment from: sportygirl, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

I'm only 16 years old. I'm an athlete at the highest levels, and in top shape. 9 months ago, I got into a collision with another player during my soccer game. We hit shin on shin, hard. At the time, I simply assumed it was twisted. Three months later I had pain doing pretty much anything with my knee. I was then diagnosed with patellofemoral syndrome. I’ve been in physiotherapy for the past 6 months, and the remain symptoms are a pain near constant on the inside of my knee, random and in predictable spells when my knee gives out, theater sign, and pain levels that go up and down.

Comment from: ohnurse, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I have worked the health care field for years, doing a lot of lifting, running, going up and down stairs, due to another injury I left work, it was then I noticed how bad my knee's hurt, I could barely walk, I needed a cane to help me, after seeing an orthopedic doc, I was told I had torn the meniscus in my knee, now, heading into my fourth surgery for recurrent tears it is also noted that I have chondromalacia patella, I have put on weight as I can't walk very far anymore, I brace myself for the pain when I go up and down stairs. I can't do the things that I used to enjoy, even bending down can be very painful. I take percocets to relieve the pain, but limit them as they are addictive. Because this causes weakness in the quadriceps I also have pain in my hip. My doctor says he will continue to try relieving it. Not sure how many more surgeries I can do.

Comment from: rockyh77, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I was diagnosed in the 80s with chondromalacia patella. The doctors were getting me ready for a knee replacement. I went to four acupuncture treatments for a little more than one hundred dollars and have never had a serious problem since. I never needed the operation! Back in those days, acupuncture was treated like speak easies, underground here in the United States. Now, many states certify the acupuncturist.

Comment from: sweetkiss4ever2000, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I'm 49 years old. I have been told I have chondromalacia patella. Well, I had a total knee replacement and now I am in more pain than ever. So if you could avoid knee replacement do it. Now my doctor keeps pushing me to other doctors and nothing can be done, not even revision surgery will help. So I guess I’ll be in pain the rest of my life.

Comment from: Vivian Lehr, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I was just told I have two tears in my knee they say it's my meniscus, but I was wondering why my whole leg hurts. There are times when my ankle hurts really badly, I was wondering if that is normal.

Comment from: naaz, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I have chondromalacia patella since 2010. Nowadays I have swelling and pain in my hand and feet joints.

Comment from: Allison, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I just got back from the doctor and from what he said, this seems to be what I have going on in my right knee. About a year and a half ago I had ACL Reconstruction surgery and lost a lot of the muscle in my leg. I have been noticing a grinding or crunching noise in my knee and went to check it out. This makes stairs difficult, squats and lunges are not at all possible for me, and if I stand for 4 hours (I work in retail) then sit down for 10 to 30 minutes it is painful when I get back up. The biggest symptom that I have is the crunching noise in the upper front part of my knee. My doctor told me to do exercises to strengthen the muscles around my knee to hold the knee cap in place. Right now, my left side is weak, so the muscle on the right pulls my knee cap to the right causing it to grind the cartilage.

Comment from: Anniegirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I am 38 years old and a female. I have been told that I have chondromalacia patella due to my patella being offset over my knee bone but that I was most likely born this way. I have the same issue with my elbow joints.

Comment from: browneyes, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

Pain in my back, knee (worst after long sitting or prolong walking) sides of my knee, and down my leg. I am 63 yrs old.

Comment from: 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

I've been diagnosed with chondromalacia patella. I am a recreational soccer player. My symptoms are pain in front of joint and stiffness in back of the upper and lower leg and needle like pain in my foot.


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Comment from: TXKneePain, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 18

I am a 44 year old female in excellent health. I have had pain in both knees for almost 5 months. At first I thought it was tendonitis and waited for it to go away. It kept getting worse. The pain was worst descending stairs, after bending or squatting, after prolonged sitting, and at night. My pain is less on days I am active. Sitting at work at my desk is the worst. The pain was getting so bad that it would wake me up at night. I had no visible swelling. My left knee makes an awful sound when I squat; my daughter says it sounds like cardboard ripping. I have consistently exercised, mostly walking 3 miles 5 times a week, dancing, and Wii Fit. I was in so much pain that I finally went to my GP a month ago, and he diagnosed knee bursitis and put me on a prescription NSAID. After 4 weeks of no improvement (and the drug making me feel strange), I went to an Orthopedist who diagnosed me with patello femoral syndrome. I have been prescribed physical therapy twice a week for 6 weeks and then we'll see where we are. It is depressing to read about how frustrating this can be to deal with. I'm very active and now feel old. I am hopeful the physical therapy will work and I'll learn what exercises to do.

Comment from: maz, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I have just been told there is no more that can be done for me. I have had chondromalacia patella for 15 years, had a tendon release done back in November of last year. I am in pain 24 hours a day. The symptoms started with it giving way, and feeling like it was going to lock. It took ten years for them to tell me what it was. I was diagnosed by blood tests, with scans and x rays not showing anything at all. I am on anti-inflammatory medications and tramadol for pain relief.

Published: October 05

I am a 20 year old girl from NJ. On April 21, 2011 I fell on my knee chasing after my new puppy. I had pain for a week which was getting worse every day. So a week later, my mom took me to an Orthopedic Doctor. I got an x-ray and MRI done and showed I have chrondomalacia patella. I have now been wearing a brace on my knee to help heal the injury.

Comment from: sfraser, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I have had knee problems for as long as I can remember. At 7 or 8 I would get "water on the knee" quite frequently. I was a very active kid and played all kinds of sports which was encouraged by my doctor. Finally at about 15 I was referred to a doctor that specializes in sports medicine and he said I had patellofemoral syndrome and should stop with all the sports. That was 20 years ago, I have been to physio numerous times for this problem and it is no better now than when I was 15!

Comment from: Barbwirenroses, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I was only "diagnosed" with this a few days ago. However, the pain and issues started over 20 years ago while I was in the military. I have done arthroscopes, and even a lateral release to correct the issue. I was told over and over again "do xxx and the pain will stop". The doctor I saw a few days ago told me point blank that because I have done everything that can be done, I am just to live with it. I am 39 with 2 younger children (8 & 10) so this means that after the trip to the zoo / amusement park / etc. I am stuck with anti-inflammatory meds and heat / ice. Not a great life.

Comment from: Anonymus Human, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I had pain in my knees around the kneecap. If I sat in the same position for a long time then my knees would start to ache. The knee that hurt was swollen too. During physical activities my pain would increase. You can't do that much about it, but I heard that they had braces for it and you can always use pain killers.

Comment from: 14 yrs old Why Me?:(, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I have all of the symptoms that I have read about but my sports medicine man has said I have gotten the incorrect and it's a very painful In my knees and I almost cannot bear going up and down the stairs so I have been reading all about the symptoms of CP hopefully that is not my correct diagnosis!!!

Comment from: imafighter, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

Thank you all for sharing your experiences. My doctors have not been much of a help. I'm 47 and just found out I have CP. I'm getting tired of the pain but I can still walk to work (1 1/2 miles). Like others I am extremely stiff after sitting and it takes some time before I can move like a person with somewhat normal knees. I will try the things everyone else has tried and hopefully something will work for me. Like I will die fighting this before I turn to mush - Thanks for the positive attitude. It may be a disability but you just have to find ways to work with what you have.

Comment from: Miss C, 35-44 Female Published: March 30

Hi, I was diagnosed with Chondromalacia Patella last year and my symptoms are severe knee pain when going up and down stairs and getting up from a sitting position.

Comment from: janellyn5, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I’m a female with C.P. at 51 I went to an ortho for pain. He did an MRI and said I had all symptoms of a meniscus tear and plica problems. Went in for surgery and he cleaned me up (so he said). I’m now 54 and still in pain! I have to sit after a walk around the store or block. This also has affected my IT bands and quad muscles. Every day I feel horrible so DO NOT have surgery!!! I don’t know if plica excision is part of the blame or not. I get no relief from pain anti-inflammatory.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

Pain radiated from the inside of my knee around to the back of my knee and up the back of my leg. Three weeks later the pain came up towards the inside of the front of my leg. It worsened as time went by and I cannot walk very long distances and was walking 2-3 miles a day before I fell.