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Chondromalacia Patellae

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Chondromalacia Patellae

Chondromalacia patellae, which means soft cartilage, is the common cause of chronic pain at the front and center of the kneecap. HealthQuest provides effective chondromalacia treatment using nonsurgical modalities. We are specialized in treating various types of musculoskeletal disorders, including sports injuries. Our NY based multispecialty health care center is focused on helping patients manage joint pain, improve mobility and long-term function, and enhance quality of life.


The patella (kneecap) is the moveable bone on the kneecap. Poor alignment of the kneecap (patella) as it slides over the lower end of the thigh bone causes chondromalacia patella or patellofemoral syndrome. This painful condition is the result of repetitive wear and tear of the kneecap, which can occur due to acute injury to the patella or due to aging. Work or sporting activity that puts great stress on the knees increases the risk of developing chondromalacia patella.



and Treatment at HealthQuest

Diagnosis of patellofemoral syndrome will involve history, symptoms, and physical examination. X-rays will be ordered to determine if the patella is properly aligned in the femoral groove and detect wear and tear if any. Knee MRI may be recommended to evaluate the soft tissues in the area and to establish the actual cause of the pain.

Our team of health care professionals includes orthopedists, pain management physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, and rehab experts. Based on an accurate diagnosis of your condition, they will provide with a customized treatment plan. Our nonsurgical modalities for chondromalacia patella treatment include:

  • Heat and ice
  • Massage
  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
  • Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Physical therapy exercises
  • Chiropractic care
  • Game Ready cold compression therapy
  • Knee injections
  • Guidance on returning to full physical activity

Most patients respond well to our customized rehabilitation programs for chondromalacia patella. Surgery is recommended only when the symptoms do not resolve with the noninvasive options we offer.

To contact our Brooklyn rehabilitation center - dial 718-769-2521 or send an email to We accept Medicare, No-Fault, and Workers' Compensation as well as most major medical insurance plans.