What is chondromalacia?

Chondromalacia results from damage to the smooth, hard, white articular cartilage on the ends of bones. This cartilage damage can occur with wear and tear or overuse for many years or it can occur with an injury. 
Typical symptoms of chondromalacia include swelling, catching, grinding, giving way or locking. Initial treatment may include medications, injections and physical therapy. If the condition doesn’t improve, an MRI may be needed to determine if surgery can help.