Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral-Pain-Syndrome

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a syndrome characterized by pain or discomfort seemingly originating from the contact of the posterior surface of the patella (back of the kneecap) with the femur (thigh bone).

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a syndrome characterized by pain or discomfort seemingly originating from the contact of the posterior surface of the patella (back of the kneecap) with the femur (thigh bone). It is a frequently encountered diagnosis in sports medicine clinics.

Patellofemoral pain is a common knee problem. If you have this condition, you feel pain under and around your kneecap. The pain can get worse when you’re active or when you sit for a long time. You can have the pain in one or both knees.

Specific populations at high risk

Runners
Bicyclists
Basketball players
Young athletes
Females.

Typically patients will complain of anterior knee pain or giving away of the knee which is exacerbated by

Sports
Walking
Stair
Climbing,
Sitting for a long time

Treatment

Usually, putting ice on your knee, changing your activities, and following a physical therapy program works best. This type of program may include exercises to make your muscles stronger and more flexible. It may take weeks or months of treatment for the pain to go away.

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