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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a general term used to describe pain that arises from the patellofemoral joint or the soft tissues adjacent to the joint. You may also have heard of patellofemoral pain syndrome being referred to as PFPS, or it is more commonly known as “runner’s knee” or “jumper’s knee”.

This is a chronic condition that affects both adults and children. It typically becomes more severe with activities such as sitting, ruining, climbing stairs, or sitting for long periods of time. Rest and applying ice to the affected areas are the most common means of treatment, and in some cases, physical therapy may also be advised to ease pain associated with patellofemoral pain syndrome.

What Causes of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Although patellofemoral pain syndrome is relatively common, the exact cause of this condition is not known. It is through that a range of different factors contribute to the development of patellofemoral pain syndromes such as overuse of the knee joint, misalignment in the kneecap, or a weakness in the muscles in the area surrounding the knee. Certain body types might also be more susceptible to patellofemoral pain syndrome. Playing sports on hard surfaces, changing your footwear, or using the wrong sports equipment or techniques are also believed to contribute to patellofemoral pain syndrome.

What Are the Symptoms of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

Most people who suffer from patellofemoral pain syndrome experience a gradual development of symptoms over time which often worsens when they engage in more rigorous activity. A dull, ache in the affected knee is a common complaint in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome. Some patients also report experiencing pain in the knee when it is in a bent position, when they sit for longer periods of time or when they climb stairs. In some cases, a popping or crackling sound can also come from the knee when climbing stairs or standing up from a seated position. Pain may also increase when playing surfaces, equipment, or footwear change.

Treatment for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

There is a range of treatment options for patellofemoral pain syndrome, depending on the severity of your symptoms. In most cases, surgery is not advised for patellofemoral pain syndrome, except in the most extreme cases. In most instances, “RICE” – rest, ice,compression, elevation – is recommended for treatment of this injury at home. Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be recommended to help reduce swelling, however, it is advised to check with your doctor before taking any medication. Specific physical therapy exercises may be advised to help you regain strength in the knee and improve your range of motion. Orthotics may also be used to help stabilize and align your ankle and foot to take the stress off the knee joint. 

Contact Synergy Orthopedics Today

If you are experiencing discomfort from patellofemoral pain syndrome, be sure to reach out to our team at Synergy Orthopedics today. Our friendly and knowledgeable team can help you to choose the high-quality orthopedic devices you need to help you through the recovery process. Using the right orthopedic devices, you can accelerate your healing time and ensure that you have less pain and better movement, sooner rather than later.


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