What is hand and wrist chondromalacia?

Joints are cushioned with articular cartilage, a tough, rubbery tissue that covers the end of the bones within the joint. Articular cartilage allows the bones to glide smoothly against each other. When it softens and breaks down, losing its ability to protect the bones, the condition is known as chondromalacia.

What are the symptoms of chondromalacia?

  • Dull, aching pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Catching in the joint
  • Unexpected buckling or giving way of the joint
  • Creaking or grinding sensation with movement
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What are the causes of chondromalacia?

Chondromalacia results from irritation of the joint. It may be caused by simple wear and tear that occurs with aging and may be related to improper alignment of the bones. In younger people, chondromalacia is most often due to acute injury such as falls and fractures or overuse related to sports.

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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