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  • Writer's pictureJustin Prenioslo

Understanding Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), often referred to as "runner's knee," is a common condition that affects people of all ages, particularly those who are physically active. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options is essential for effective management and recovery. At Stork Mobile Physiotherapy, we offer personalized in-home treatment to help you overcome PFPS and regain your active lifestyle.

What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is characterized by pain around the front of the knee and the patella (kneecap). It is typically caused by overuse, improper alignment, or muscle imbalances that lead to increased stress on the patellofemoral joint.

Person with patellofemoral pain syndrome holding their knee due to pain

Causes of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Several factors can contribute to the development of PFPS, including:

  • Overuse: Repetitive activities that put stress on the knee joint, such as running, jumping, or squatting, can lead to PFPS.

  • Muscle Imbalances: Weakness or tightness in the muscles around the knee, particularly the quadriceps and hip muscles, can affect kneecap alignment.

  • Improper Footwear: Wearing shoes that do not provide adequate support or cushioning can contribute to knee pain.

  • Biomechanical Issues: Poor alignment of the legs and feet, such as flat feet or high arches, can increase the risk of PFPS.

Symptoms of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Common symptoms of PFPS include:

  • Pain: Aching or sharp pain around the kneecap, especially during activities like running, climbing stairs, or sitting with bent knees for long periods.

  • Swelling: Mild swelling around the knee joint.

  • Grinding Sensation: A feeling of grinding or clicking when bending or straightening the knee.

  • Tenderness: Sensitivity to touch around the kneecap.

Treatment Options for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Effective management of PFPS involves a combination of rest, exercises, and physiotherapy. Here are some treatment options:

  1. Rest and Activity Modification: Avoid activities that exacerbate knee pain and allow time for recovery.

  2. Strengthening Exercises: Focus on strengthening the quadriceps, hip muscles, and core to improve kneecap alignment and support.

  3. Stretching: Regular stretching of the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles can help reduce tension around the knee.

  4. Proper Footwear: Ensure you wear supportive shoes with good cushioning to reduce stress on the knee joint.

  5. Physiotherapy: Professional physiotherapy can provide targeted exercises, manual therapy, and guidance on proper movement patterns to alleviate pain and prevent recurrence.

Stork Mobile Physiotherapy: In-Home Support for PFPS

At Stork Mobile Physiotherapy, we bring personalized treatment direct

ly to your home. Our experienced physiotherapists will assess your condition and develop a customized plan to address your specific needs. With our in-home service, you can receive professional care without the hassle of traveling to a clinic.

Contact us today at 587-606-2291 or schedule your appointment online here. Let us help you manage patellofemoral pain syndrome effectively and get back to the activities you love.

Learn about patellofemoral pain syndrome, its causes, symptoms, and treatment options. Contact Stork Mobile Physiotherapy for in-home support and effective management.


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