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Q&A: Fix for Knee Pain

Scott Wachter

Q: My physician diagnosed me with chondromalacia and subluxation of the knee(s). Most of the pain exists beneath the kneecap and the outer tendons behind the knee below the hamstring. There is also a "clicking" sensation on the outside of each kneecap and the inside tendon behind the knee below the hamstring when I fully extend my legs. Can this reduce growth? Or begin to build cartilage below the kneecap? Either way, what can I do to fix this? 

A: Patellar chondromalacia and subluxation can be affected by several factors—primarily biomechanics of the joint itself. Your movement patterns can also have a profound impact on pain and irritation in the knee.

Pain in the knee can be caused by large compressive forces that are not evenly distributed, resulting in high-friction spots (arthritic changes) and damage to surrounding soft-tissue structures.

Depending on the severity, you may be able to significantly reduce or even eliminate it with corrective exercises that focus on improving joint and movement mechanics, thus reducing destructive forces through the knee. These exercises focus on controlling the femur and ensuring that proper alignment at the hip. You can find these movements under knee pain in our knowledge section and more information on reducing pain and coming back from knee injuries.

Tags: Reduce Pain, Knee Pain, Q&A, Knee