What is hip chondromalacia?

The joints of the body are lined with smooth, firm articular cartilage that covers the ends of the bones and reduces friction. This cartilage acts as a shock absorber and allows smooth motion between the ends of bones when the hips move. Chondromalacia occurs when the articular cartilage softens and breaks down.

What are the symptoms of hip chondromalacia?

  • Dull, aching pain in the hip joint
  • Pain that worsens with activity
  • Stiffness and pain after periods of inactivity
  • Creaky sound or grinding sensation when you move your hip
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Catching of the hip joint or difficulty moving past a certain point

What causes chondromalacia?

Factors that may contribute to hip chondromalacia include:

  • Normal wear and tear of aging
  • Overuse from sports or repetitive motions
  • Trauma, such as a fall or a car accident
  • Poorly aligned muscles and bones
  • Injury to the cartilage
  • Imbalance in muscle strength around the joint
  • Infection or bleeding in the joint
Woman having hip stretched by a professional

What treatment options are available?

If the symptoms persist, it is recommended to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yoon. A comprehensive evaluation will be performed and a treatment plan can then be discussed based on the findings.

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