TREATMENT - Chondromalacia Patella
- Cryotherapy (ice, cold therapy) is an excellent way to control your pain. Do not apply ice directly to your skin for more than 5 minutes as it can cause burns. A device specially designed to cool your joint (see our PolarCare Cub) can be used for longer periods, as long as you carefully follow the directions for knee injury treatment and discontinue its use if you have pain or a burning sensation.
- Over-the-counter pain medications can be of use. These include anti-inflammatories such as MotrinTM (ibuprofen) and AleveTM (naproxen), and pain medications, such as TylenolTM (acetaminophen).
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- Occasionally heat can be of benefit after the initial pain has resolved. Heat is sometimes useful to combat stiffness. You can apply a heating pad on a low setting for approximately 10-20 minutes at a time. If you do not have a heating pad, you can use a soft terry cloth hand towel placed under warm (not hot) tap water.
- Bracing. In addition to providing stability, braces provides pain relief by stimulating some of your nerve fibers which make you feel that your joint is more stable and secure. These are the same nerve fibers you compress when you grab your finger after you hit it with a hammer. Even though your finger was just smashed, you squeeze it with your other hand as hard as you can and it makes it feel better. If support helps, sometimes a simple elastic bandage is all you need; however, some people will feel better with a knee brace. OurDonJoy Comfort Knee Brace will give you the gentle support that you need.In addition, with chondromalacia, bracing may help to better centralize your patella in its groove so that it "tracks" more centrally, thereby decreasing your pain. The DonJoy Lateral "J" Brace and the DonJoy Tru-Pull Advanced Patellar Knee Brace are specifically designed to help your patella tracking. Both are far superior to the simple "neoprene sleeves" one can obtain in the supermarket or drugstore. Both are exceptionally useful for ACL knee injury treatment and people with excessive lateral pressure syndrome that causes pain on the outer (lateral) undersurface of the kneecap. The DonJoy Lateral "J" Brace is perhaps one of the most popular patella stabilizing braces in the world. We also really like both the DonJoy Tru-Pull Advanced Patellar Knee Brace, and its more supportive cousin, the DonJoy Tru-Pull Advanced Hinged Patellar Knee Brace
- Keep your knee bent for long durations.
- Kneel on your knees
- Walk up and down stairs/hills unnecessarily
- Try to sleep with your legs out straight at night instead of curling up into a ball.
- Motivation to actually do the exercises. See our page on motivational strategies to improve your success.
- Deluxe Knee Therapy KitThe correct exercises for your knee injury treatment. See your doctor or physical therapist if you need advice in this regard.
- Proper equipment. This equipment can either be at your therapists office, at your health club, or items that you purchase for use at home. We have found that people who do their knee injury treatment exercises at home are much more likely to benefit from the program as they more frequently perform the exercises.