12-30-2008, 06:09 AM
This is happening because of your knee cap is not aligned all the way, so it is sitting against your leg bone. This is quite common, especially in young women. The actual medical term for it is chondromalacia patella. I myself have this due to an impact injury to my knee caps. They usually do surgery to correct this, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you are having excrutiating pain. Other than that, the treatments are ibuprofen, stretch your legs out if you can to relieve the pressure, and another alternative is to get a knee brace that has a J shape around the kneecap to help realign the knee cap back to the center. Ice also helps, and some people tape their knee cap back to the center which relieves the pain as well. Good luck!