Chondromalacia Patella Causes
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Causes of Chondromalacia Patella
Chondromalacia patella occurs when:
- The kneecap doesn't move properly in the groove in the knee where it meets the femur.
- There is a muscle imbalance of the quadriceps (thigh muscles), which control the patella.
This can occur due to:
- Congenital conditions-A person is born with a misalignment of the kneecap.
- Weak quadriceps-These muscles assist in proper movement of the knee joint. Weak quadriceps may allow the patella to move out of alignment.
- Muscle imbalance-This usually occurs when muscles on the outside of the thigh are stronger than muscles on the inside.
- Direct trauma-A fall or blow to the kneecap that damages the articular cartilage on the patella or the femur.
- Repeated trauma-The result of running, jumping, skiing, or other activities that put repeated pressure on the kneecap.
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