Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
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Patellofemoral syndrome (PFS) is a common condition, comprising a range of vague symptoms of pain ‘in’, ‘under’ or ‘behind’ the kneecap.
The patella (kneecap) is coated with a smooth covering called articular cartilage. It is designed to move smoothly over a groove on the femur (thigh bone). When the patella is not moving properly over the femur, PFS can develop. This knee problem commonly appears in runners and athletes.
Many muscle groups and ligaments control the triangular-shaped patella. The patella and the femur form a joint – called the patellofemoral joint- that is made up of muscles, soft tissue attachments and the groove where the patella rests.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome can typically be treated with a non-operative treatment program.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome can usually be effectively treated with a non-operative treatment program. It can take the knee six weeks or more to show improvement once treatment begins; this is often the same length of time the pain has been present.
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