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)

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
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)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
chondromalacia patellae (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
2
Tried for
chondromalacia patellae (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Knee brace)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
2
Tried for
chondromalacia patellae (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (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)

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

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
pain
Total evaluations
2
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)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth nausea
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
chondromalacia patellae (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
joint stiffness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
chondromalacia patellae (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Knee 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)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (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 2
20s 11
30s 46
40s 67
50s 43
60s 10
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 37
20-29 years 35
30-39 years 21
40-49 years 11
50-59 years 3
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 25
Female 155

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 129
Not Diagnosed 1

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