What to Know About Chondromalacia Patella Explained by a Manhattan and Midtown, NY Chiropractor

It doesn't matter what age you are. It's possible for you to experience knee problems. One issue, chondromalacia patella, could be the culprit. Our chiropractic specialist at Balance Health Medical, serving Manhattan and Midtown, NY and the nearby region, helps the 10022 and 10036 areas to manage their knee problems through exercise therapy and other noninvasive treatment approaches. 

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About Chondromalacia Patella 

Chondromalacia patella, more commonly known as runner's knee, is an issue that occurs with the cartilage underneath your kneecap softens and begins to deteriorate. Often, this issue is an over usage injury. It may subside by taking a break from sports and resting your knee. However, it can be a chronic problem in some individuals. 

Chondromalacia patella happens when your kneecap glides over your cartilage and irritates it. As a result of the contact, your patella deteriorates. 

Causes of Chondromalacia Patella

You're at a greater risk for this knee problem if your knee or leg isn't aligned properly due to a congenital problem. Those who don't have strong quadriceps or hamstrings to ensure their knees move properly may develop it. Additionally, a muscle imbalance or activities that repeatedly stress your joints could cause chondromalacia patella and so could an injury. 

Certain individuals are more at risk than others, such as females. It's thought that women develop chondromalacia patella more often because they have less muscle mass than men. Commonly, our physician sees this condition in adolescents and young adults, especially during growth spurts when bones and muscles are changing quickly. Those who have flat feet are more likely to have this knee problem as well. 

Chiropractic Care for Chondromalacia Patella

To assess you for a knee problem, our chiropractor begins by examining your knee. You'll be asked to move it in different manners, so our chiropractor can see how it functions. Our practitioner also will touch the area to assess for tenderness and swelling. Sometimes, our chiropractor will also look for misalignments and other issues throughout your body, such as flat feet. Imaging may be part of the diagnostic process as well. 

Once our chiropractor identifies the problem, you may need to undergo exercise therapy -- a treatment that consists of guided exercises to provide you with relief and enhance your range of motion. Sometimes, the exercise program you're prescribed strengthens any weaknesses in your legs to assist you with correcting the problem. 

Sizing you for a knee or ankle brace are other options that can help, depending on your particular situation.

Schedule an appointment for chiropractic care for your knee pain in 10022, 10036, or the surrounding area, at Balanced Health Medical, serving Manhattan, Midtown, and the surrounding New York area, by calling us at 212-755-1717. 

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