Symptoms of chondromalacia patella
The most common symptom of chondromalacia patella is a dull aching pain on the anterior aspect of the knee joint. This pain is aggravated by ascending or descending the stairs, kneeling, squatting, or sitting with a moderately bent knee for a prolonged time (the so called theatre sign). It also worsens when pressure is put on the knee over an extended time like standing, running or heavy exercising. There is a grating or grinding sensation every time the knee is extended (crepitus). Some amount of swelling may be noted in front of the knee. In rare circumstances, there may be some effusion in the knee joint.