How is chondromalacia patella treated?

The most common way to treat symptoms of chondromalacia patella is to rest the knee. Other ways to treat the symptoms include:

  • Placing of an ice or cold pack to the area for 15-20 minutes, four times daily, for several days. Do not apply ice directly to the skin. Wrap the ice or cold pack with a towel.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief—These include ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin.
  • Topical pain medication— These include creams or patches that are applied to the skin to help with soft tissue pain.
  • Prescription pain relievers.

Other treatments or self-care include:

  • Changing the way you exercise
  • Doing exercises to both stretch and strengthen the quadriceps and hamstring muscles
  • Losing weight (if you need to)
  • Using special shoe inserts and support devices
  • Taping to realign the kneecap
  • Wearing the right kind of sport or running shoes

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