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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

The term patellofemoral pain syndrome refers to pain that occurs in the front of the knee. Sometimes called “runner’s knee,” this disorder affects the area of the lower femur (thighbone) where the kneecap slides through a groove. Patellofemoral pain syndrome ranks among the most common knee complaints and affects athletes and non-athletes alike.

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: What You Need to Know

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  • No one knows exactly what causes patellofemoral disorder and the associated pain it produces.
  • Repetitive motion activities like running and prolonged immobilization (sitting) both appear to make the pain worse.
  • Orthopaedic doctors diagnose patellofemoral pain syndrome by performing a physical examination and ruling out other possible causes of the pain, including arthritis and injuries like a dislocated kneecap.
  • Treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome usually includes avoiding any activities that make the pain worse, anti-inflammatory medications and sometimes wearing soft braces. Surgery is rarely required.

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