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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome on: 2020 Nov 30

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a broad term used to describe pain in the front of the knee and around the patella, or kneecap. It is sometimes called "runner's knee" or "jumper's knee" because it is common in people who participate in sports—particularly females and young adults—but PFPS can occur in nonathletes, as well. The pain and stiffness caused by PFPS can make it difficult to climb stairs, kneel down, and perform other everyday activities. Many things may contribute to the development of PFPS. Problems with the alignment of the kneecap and overuse from vigorous athletics or training are often significant factors. Symptoms are often relieved with conservative treatment, such as changes in activity levels or a therapeutic exercise program.   Description Patellofemoral pain syndrome occurs when nerves sense pain in the soft tissues and bone around the kneecap. These soft tissues include the tendons, the fat pad beneath the…



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