Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is one of the most common cause of knee pain in young athletes. The condition is an overuse injury that results from activities that cause force or abrasion on the cartilage back the kneecap. It occurs regularly in athletes who participate in sports that include running, jumping, or squatting. This is common in young females too.

Causes

Overuse: Running or jumping
Muscle imbalances or weaknesses
Injury
Surgery

Symptoms

Patellofemoral pain syndrome usually causes dull, aching pain in the front of your knee. This pain can be increased when you:

Walk up or downstairs
Kneel or squat
Sit with a bent knee for long periods of time

Treatment

Treatment of patellofemoral pain often starts with simple steps. Rest your knee to a certain extent.
Avoid or modify movements that improve the pain, such as climbing stairs, kneeling or squatting.

 

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