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Chiropractic and Chondromalacia Patella (Patellofemoral Syndrome)

Description

Chondromalacia Patella, which is sometimes known as “Patellofemoral syndrome” is abnormal softening of the cartilage under the kneecap (patella).

Signs and Symptoms

Pain or vague discomfort of the inner knee area that is aggravated by activity (running, jumping, climbing or negotiating stairs) or by prolonged sitting with knees in a moderately bent position
Pain upon squatting and arising from a seated position
Vague sense of "tightness" or "fullness" in the knee area
Knee weakness and / or occasional “giving out”
Mild swelling of the knee area
Crepitus (popping, snapping, cracking noises or sensations)

Causes

Chondromalacia Patellae or Patellofemoral Syndrome, as it is sometimes known, is the result of poor alignment of the kneecap (patella). This process is due to weakness (neurological inhibition) of the muscles that support the knee, in particular the Vastus Medialis Obliquus.

The Chiropractic / Applied Kinesiology Approach to Chondromalacia Patellae (Patellofemoral Syndrome)

Chondromalacia Patellae usually affects young, otherwise healthy athletes; however, it can occur at any age.

Once accurate diagnosis has been made, therapy should proceed without delay in order to avoid irreparable damage to the meniscus and/or other ligamentous structures supporting the knee. Dr. Morrison uses standard Chiropractic protocol combined with Applied Kinesiology to create proper alignment of bones and joints and muscular support of the knee. Home exercises are given when indicated, in order to prevent recurrence.

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