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909 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 18, 2011 11:39 AM by merriman9
runrchick79 Amateur 14 posts since
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Mar 7, 2011 2:05 PM

Crossing Training with Chondromalacia

I have been told I have chondromalacia patalla in my right knee. Will cross training with low impact excerising make this condition worse? I realize running may not be the best choice right now, but I don't want to be inactive if I don't have to be.

  • merriman9 Amateur 6 posts since
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    1. Mar 18, 2011 11:39 AM (in response to runrchick79)
    Re: Crossing Training with Chondromalacia

    I would recommend non-weight bearing exercises such as swimming, or rowing. Cardio exercise that is weight bearing (walking/running) will cause a strain to be placed on the knees. However you may want to check with your physician to talk about prescription anti-inflammatory medication that may help to make exercise more tolerable. Over the counter NSAIDS may also be enough to allow you to exercise pain-free.


    With Chondromalacia it is common to see individuals with weak or inhibited frontal plane stabilizers that cause a synergistic dominance of the hamstrings, quads and TFL as well as patellar misalignment or mal-position that may contribute to the pain associated with the anterior knee. I would recommend a corrective exercise program to help correct this. Use a foam roller on your hamstrings, quads and TFL and performs stretches for these muscles as well. I would also work on strengthening your glute muscles as well to help counter the dominant hamstrings.

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