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Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1975 Jul-Aug;(110):177-96.

The problem of chondromalacia patellae.


Daily activity subjects the human patella to forces often several times the individual's body weight. Healthy cartilage can adjust to these forces if they are not too excessive, concentrated, or repetitive. Such abnormal stresses most frequently occur with the disturbance of normal patellar mechanical function. Chondromalacia patellae is the result common to a wide variety of unusual traumata. Treatment must be directed primarily not toward the damaged patellar cartilage but toward a correction of the mechanical abnormality causing it. Until proven otherwise, a young female complaining of knee joint pain, particularly if bilateral, should be considered as suffering from a subluxating patella, with or without chondromalacia patellae.

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