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!