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Chondromalacia Patella is a common knee condition where the cartilage under the kneecap softens and wears away, causing pain. It can result from overuse, injury, or arthritis. At Physio Active, our experienced physiotherapists specialize in treating this condition and can help you return to your active lifestyle.


What is Chondromalacia Patella?

Chondromalacia Patella is a condition where the cartilage under the kneecap (patella) softens and wears away, leading to pain and discomfort in the knee. The cartilage is important because it acts as a cushion between the bones in the knee, allowing them to move smoothly against each other. When the cartilage deteriorates, the bones in the knee rub against each other, causing pain and inflammation.


Symptoms of Chondromalacia Patella

Some common symptoms of Chondromalacia Patella include:

  • Pain and discomfort in the knee, especially when climbing stairs, squatting, or sitting for long periods
  • Grinding or clicking sensation in the knee
  • Swelling in the knee
  • Stiffness in the knee


Causes of Chondromalacia Patella

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of Chondromalacia Patella, including:

  • Overuse of the knee, such as from running or jumping
  • Trauma or injury to the knee
  • Misalignment of the kneecap
  • Flat feet or high arches
  • Arthritis


The importance of physiotherapy for Chondromalacia Patella

At Physio Active, we believe that physiotherapy is essential for the effective treatment of Chondromalacia Patella. Physiotherapy can help reduce pain and swelling, improve joint mobility, and strengthen the muscles that support the knee. Our experienced physiotherapists will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals.


Our approach to Chondromalacia Patella treatment

Our physiotherapists will first assess your knee and determine the underlying cause of your Chondromalacia Patella. We will then develop a customized treatment plan that may include:

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises to improve joint mobility and knee stability
  • Soft tissue massage to relieve pain and stiffness
  • Ultrasound therapy to reduce swelling and improve blood flow
  • Knee braces or taping to support the knee
  • Joint mobilization to improve joint function



Chondromalacia Patella is a common knee condition that can cause significant pain and discomfort. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage the symptoms and get back to your active lifestyle. Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the treatment of Chondromalacia Patella, providing effective methods to reduce pain, improve joint mobility, and strengthen the muscles that support the knee. At Physio Active, our team of experienced physiotherapists uses a personalized approach to Chondromalacia Patella treatment, ensuring that each patient receives the care and support they need to achieve their goals.


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