Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Knee pain can be caused by a sudden injury, an overuse injury or by an underlying condition, such as arthritis. Dr. Edward Hill discusses pain at the front of the knee, a condition called patellofemoral pain syndrome, in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, or PFPS, is pain at the front of your knee. It may happen when the kneecap moves differently than usual.

If you have PFPS, you may feel pain behind or underneath your kneecap. The pain may be in one knee or in both. It may get worse if you run, go up or down stairs, or sit with your knee bent for a long time.

Treatment depends on the patient. Putting ice on your knee, changing your activities and following a physical therapy program usually works best. This type of program may include exercises to make your muscles stronger and more flexible.

Taping the knee or using shoe insoles can be helpful for some people. It may take weeks or months of treatment for the pain to go away. Most people with PFPS do not need to have surgery.

PFPS can come back. Talk to your doctor about what might have caused the pain so that you can stop it from happening again.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.