Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

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This is a pain you feel in the front of your knee. It involves the patella. That's the bone we commonly call the "kneecap." The patella slides up and down in a groove on your femur as you bend and extend your knee. If you have this syndrome, you may have injured the soft tissues that support and cushion your kneecap. Or, you may have some damage to the cartilage on the underside of the kneecap.

What is patellofemoral pain syndrome?

This detailed video describes the condition of patellofemoral pain syndrome, including its causes, symptoms, and treatment. Patellofemoral pain syndrome can often be treated with rest, ice, compression and elevation. You may benefit from medications and orthotics. If these aren't helpful, you may benefit from surgery. Your healthcare provider can create a plan that's right for you.