Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome

Patella Femoral PainPain at the front of the knee which gradually comes on and increases over a period of time is generically called patellofemoral pain syndrome. It occurs when the patella does not move or “track” up and down the groove at the front of the femur properly as the knee is bent and straightened. This is due to an imbalance between muscle strength and tightness on either side of the knee. This can lead to damage of the cartilage on the underside of the patella resulting in knee pain and inflammation.

The symptoms include pain on the knee joint particularly at the front of the knee and around the knee cap (patella). The pain is often worse when walking up or down hills or stairs, heavy lifting, deep squatting, lunging, kneeling, running, hopping and jumping, . There may be clicking and cracking sounds when bending and straightening the knee.

It is essential that the underlying issues specific to the individual are identified and corrected for the successful rehabilitation of this condition

Treatment for Patellafemoral Pain Syndrome
Physiotherapy treatment for patients with this condition is vital to hasten the healing process, ensure an optimal outcome and decrease the likelihood of injury recurrence. Treatment may comprise: