What is patellofemoral pain syndrome?
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is the most common form of knee pain.
Pain is often felt underneath and around the knee cap and is made worse upon physical activity including sports, walking, stair climbing, (descending stairs may be worse than ascending) or sitting for a long time.
The exact cause of PFPS is not known however it appears that the way the kneecap (patella) movesalong its groove of the thigh bone (femur) plays a large role in this condition.
What can I do about my knee pain?
PFPS responds very well to conservative treatment, meaning surgery is not required. If you suffer
from knee pain take a break from high impact activities that aggravate the condition such as running
and jumping. If you wish to keep up with the exercise, low impact activities such as swimming or
using the elliptical machine in the gym as opposed to running is a good option.
We encourage you to contact us for a thorough assessment with one of our Physiotherapists if you
regularly experience any form of knee pain. Your physiotherapist will recommend a course of treatment that aims to correct biomechanics,
restore movement and prevent recurrence.