Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Patellar Tracking Disorder Underlying Cause

Chondromalacia is caused by overuse of the knee joint. The constant stress on the cartilage causes breakdown of surface.

Other factors that increase the risk of chondromalacia include:

  • Family history of chondromalacia
  • Flat feet
  • Knock knees
  • Obesity
  • Previous knee injury
  • Weak thigh muscles

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Last Updated: Jan 27, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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