Patellofemoral Syndrome

Patellofemoral Syndrome

Patellofemoral syndrome or runner’s or jumper’s knee is a term used to describe pain under and  around the patella or kneecap. It is the most common cause of chronic knee pain.

Symptoms of Patellofemoral Syndrome

  • Pain in the front of the knee or around the patella
  • Pain when exercising and during activities like climbing the stairs, squatting, or jumping.
  • Pain during or after prolonged sitting
  • Weakness in the knee
  • Stiffness in the knee
  • Crepitus or Popping and cracking sounds in the knee
  • Difficulty in maintaining balance due to knee instability
  • Overuse of the knee joint or excessive training
  • Weak thigh muscles
  • Knee cap alignment issues
  • Tight hamstrings and Achilles Tendon
  • Excess weight and obesity
  • Poorly fitted footwear
  • Hard playing surfaces
  • A kneecap that is too high in the knee joint

Patellofemoral Syndrome is more common in people who relate to the following:

  • Overweight and Obese individuals
  • Athletes who play basketball and soccer
  • Runners, hikers, and cyclists
  • Individuals who have desk jobs and sit for an extended period of time
  • Individuals with previous knee injuries such as fractures and dislocations

Physiotherapy Treatment for Patellofemoral Syndrome

Physiotherapy can be highly effective in managing patellofemoral syndrome. It includes a combination of different techniques such as the use of pain modalities, stretching and strengthening exercises, and activity modification. Additionally, a physiotherapist may use taping techniques or recommend using a brace to help stabilize the knee.

If you have any type of knee pain, contact us to book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists today!