What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

Do you have pain in the front of your knee brought on by running or sitting for prolonged periods?

You may have a condition called Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, also known as ‘runner’s knee’ or ‘moviegoer’s knee’.

Patellofemoral pain refers to pain in the knee as a result of inflammation in the joint between the kneecap and the thigh bone due to the kneecap not tracking in the groove of the thigh bone as it should, causing swelling and pain.

Generally, the pain starts gradually and worsens over time due to a change in activity such as training for a marathon or picking up a new sport. Where the pain may initially only come on with high load activities, it can develop to a point where the pain may also be present at rest, getting out of a chair or using stairs.

The cause of a maltracking kneecap is varied, and can range from poor biomechanics around the hip and/or pelvis, knee and foot as a result of poor strength of certain muscles and tightness in others.

Physiotherapists can complete a detailed assessment to determine the exact cause of your symptoms, and work out a tailored exercise programme, complimented by soft tissue therapy and joint mobilisation of the kneecap if indicated, to assist in your recovery.

Taping around the knee cap, or the use of a brace may help initially to allow the joint to settle while muscles imbalances are addressed.

If you have pain in the front of your knee would like a thorough assessment and tailored treatment programme, please don’t hesitate to call our clinic and book an assessment with one of our physio’s.

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