Patellofemoral Pain

Patellofemoral Pain


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Patellofemoral Pain


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Patellofemoral pain is a broad term that describes pain at the front of the knee and in and around the patella (kneecap).

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Causes may be due to muscle imbalances around the knee and/or lower leg resulting in overload to the kneecap and cartilages and/or maltracking or malalignment of the patella.

It is usually more common in younger adults.

Signs & Symptoms

May include:

  • Dull/aching sort of pain to the front of the knee and/or around or behind the kneecap.
  • A gradual onset of symptoms.
  • Crepitus – clicking, crunching, scratching type sensations.
  • Pain is aggravated by sitting for long periods with bent knees, descending stairs or hills or sporting activities
  • A giving way sensation is occasionally experienced.

Conventional Treatment

May include:

  • The outlook for patellofemoral pain is usually very good.
  • Oral pain relief is often recommended by GPs, such as paracetamol (with or without codeine), or a non steroidal anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen.
  • Physiotherapy or Osteopathy may be provided to optimise knee joint function and stabilise surrounding muscles through targeted exercises. (see below)
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