What On Earth Is Chondromalacia Patellae?!


I’m not sure if this kind of post is going to be too popular but as it’s about something that a lot of people struggle with, I thought it might be helpful to share my experience so far. I’ve read plenty of posts about injury and disability out of curiosity but I never thought that I would face my own struggles.

For around 6 months I’ve had pain in both of my knees (though the right one has been worse) and I’ve put off going to the doctors. I’m 22 and I shouldn’t be having bother with my knees, furthermore, I’m not exactly into high impact exercises anyway so I wasn’t entirely sure what could be wrong. When I was in Hong Kong my knees felt their weakest, even going down the steps in my grans boat was a struggle and walking around all day made it feel as though everything was tightening up. I’m fairly sure that the heat didn’t do them any favours but when your gran is getting down flights of stairs quicker than yourself, it makes you aware that you need to tread carefully!

Since I work in a shop where I need to climb about and lift things, I decided to make the call and get an appointment so I could find out what was going on. Once in the doctors office, it was made pretty obvious what my problem was from about the first two minutes. We tested out my mobility to find out which angles hurt the most and figured out that my knees were worse when bent towards the inside of my leg. The diagnosis is that I have Chondromalacia Patellae, a weakening or softening of the cartilage behind my kneecaps. As I previously said, my right knee is worse so I’ve put a lot of pressure on my left one. The treatment that I will be getting is a course of physio as a preliminary action but if there’s no improvement, I’ll keep you all updated.

The NHS has a helpful page about cartilage damage if anyone wants a bit more information, I know that mine is more due to “gradual wear and tear” than a sports injury because I have taken things easy for quite some time. I want to get back into going to the gym and I’m looking forward to hopefully joining an Insanity class once physio has done its job.


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