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Patellofemoral Pain

Symptoms

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is often described as a gradual onset of pain in the front of the knee cap. The pain is caused by improper tracking and abnormal movement of the knee cap over the bone below.

 

The most common symptoms associated with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome include:

  • Pain with walking up or down stairs.
  • Discomfort with prolonged sitting.
Causes

The most common causes of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome include:

  • Weakness of gluteal muscles.
  • Tight thigh musculature.
Treatment

Bracing

A brace with an opening over the knee cap will help maintain its proper tracking by adding a degree of compression to prevent improper movements.

 

Orthotics (Orthoses) – Must be prescribed by a physician

Recommended for individuals with flat or high arched feet. These variations from a normal arch can lead to an abnormal positioning of the knee, resulting in surrounding muscular imbalances. Orthotics can correct the imbalances and lead to better tracking of the knee cap.