Chondromalacia patellae

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What is chondromalacia patellae?

Chondromalacia patellae is the softening of the cartilage under the patella (kneecap). It is due to an irritation of the undersurface of the kneecap.

Common symptoms reported by people with chondromalacia patellae

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with chondromalacia patellae

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
chondromalacia patellae (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
3
Tried for
chondromalacia patellae (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2) chondromalacia patellae (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
chondromalacia patellae (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Leg brace)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
2
Tried for
chondromalacia patellae (1) Pain (1)

Data from patients with chondromalacia patellae, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with chondromalacia patellae

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for chondromalacia patellae (2 evaluations)
Side effects
bowel problems nausea
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
chondromalacia patellae (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
joint stiffness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
chondromalacia patellae (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
abdominal pain indigestion
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (2) chondromalacia patellae (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
diarrhea
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for chondromalacia patellae (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
chondromalacia patellae (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Leg brace)
Perceived effectiveness
for chondromalacia patellae (1 evaluation)
Side effects
balance problems difficulty walking 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
chondromalacia patellae (1) Pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with chondromalacia patellae, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has chondromalacia patellae on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 15
30s 41
40s 57
50s 33
60s 7
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 35
20-29 years 31
30-39 years 17
40-49 years 11
50-59 years 4
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

86% Female
14% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 114
Not Diagnosed 1

These charts show data from chondromalacia patellae patients who have completed their condition history
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