Knee pain can affect anyone. However, it is more common in adults, the elderly, and athletes. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP):
Though aging can lead to knee pain, other factors that increase the risk of developing this condition are:
The severity and location of the pain in the knees depend on the underlying cause. However, in most cases, knee pain is accompanied by the following symptoms
The condition can result from multiple reasons, such as:
However, one of the most common causes of knee pain is Chondromalacia patellae. Here is more about this condition.
Chondromalacia is also called the runner’s knee. The condition is characterized by softening and deterioration of the cartilage from the kneecap’s undersurface (patella). Knee bending causes the kneecap’s backside to glide on the cartilage of the thigh bone. The kneecap has ligaments and tendons that attach to the thigh muscle and shinbone. However, improper movement of these components can cause the kneecap to rub against the thigh bone, which deteriorates the patella leading to the runner’s knee/Chondromalacia.
Four grades are designated to the runner’s knee severity. Treatment is designed according to the grading the doctor rates your condition.
Grade 1 is the least severe, indicating cartilage softening
Grade 2 marks the starting of the knee tissue erosion
Grade 3 is characterized by cartilage thinning and active tissue deterioration
Grade 4 is severe and indicates significant cartilage damage and bone exposure
It can affect people from all age groups but mainly occurs in aged individuals with knee arthritis. Chondromalacia is viewed as an overuse sports injury. Hence, it is advisable to rest for a few days to ensure recovery.
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