How is chondromalacia patella diagnosed?

A doctor will perform a physical examination of the knee to determine the cause of pain. If the diagnosis is not clear or symptoms do not improve a doctor may order one of the following:

  • Blood tests and/or a standard knee X-ray - This may help to rule out some types of arthritis or inflammation.
  • MRI scan- A tests that shows details of the knee joint and can reveal many cases of chondromalacia patella.
  • Arthroscopy - A tiny, flexible camera is inserted into the knee to see exactly what the cartilage looks like.

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