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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

It is a condition in which the cartilage under the kneecap is damaged due to injury or overuse.

Can physiotherapy help people with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

Yes. Researchers have confirmed that physiotherapy treatment is an effective solution for both short and long-term kneecap pain and most people with patellofemoral pain syndrome will recover fully within six weeks of commencing physiotherapy.

What are the causes of patellofemoral pain syndrome?

  • Tight hamstring or quadriceps muscles

  • Tight iliotibial band

  • Weakness of the inner thigh muscles

  • Weakness of one of the buttock muscles which stabilise the pelvis

  • Weakness or delayed contraction of the inner thigh muscle

  • Faulty biomechanics, such as excessive pronation, poor foot posture (flat feet)

  • Osteoarthritis of the patellofemoral joint may cause anterior knee pain

How do I know if I have Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

You will experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain that starts to increase gradually

  • Pain is felt in front and around the kneecap

  • Pain increases after sitting for a long time with the knees bent

  • Stairs climbing, kneeling, running, squatting and hopping is painful

  • In worse cases, walking or even just being at just can be painful

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