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.