Evaluation of chondromalacia begins with a medical history and knee examination.
Physical findings in someone with chondromalacia include:
- Grating or crepitation of the knee joint with range of motion
- Knee swelling
Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of chondromalacia.
Tests that may be used to evaluate chondromalacia include:
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