Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is a common injury affecting people of all ages. It describes pain that is felt behind the knee cap.
What Causes Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?
Patellofemoral pain syndrome results from increased pressure between the back of the knee cap and the thigh bone (femur) due to poor knee cap alignment in this joint. Malalignment of this joint can be caused by: muscle imbalance or biomechanical dysfunction. Repeated trauma causes irritation in the joint surfaces. You can also get patellofemoral pain syndrome from an acute traumatic episode such as falling onto the knee.
What are the symptoms of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?
Often pain is insidious and vague. It is located at the front of the knee. Clicking may be associated with pain. Most aggravating activities are usually squatting, lunging and going downstairs.
Patients often respond well to physiotherapy treatment
Treatment for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Physiotherapy aims to restore pain- free range of movement with capacity to return to normal activity through soft tissue releases, knee motor control and strengthening exercises, stretches and proprioceptive exercises. Correcting movement patterns and joint mechanics will also help to prevent future episodes of pain.
Your Physiotherapist will discuss your treatment goals and educate you about the condition, the rehabilitation process and preventative methods to reduce the risk of future injury.
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