In some individuals, the kneecap tends to rub against one side of the knee
joint, and the cartilage surface become irritated, and knee pain
is the result.
Allowing the inflammation of chondromalacia to settle is the first step of treatment. Avoiding painful activities that irritate the knee for several weeks, followed by a gradual return to activity is important. In this time, cross-training activities, such as swimming, can allow an athlete to maintain their fitness while resting the knee.