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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Updated: May 12, 2019

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, sometimes referred to as Runners’ Knee, is one of the most common of all presentations of knee pain. It is primarily a problem where the kneecap is not tracking correctly in the groove that it sits in. This groove is created by the shape of the joint underneath, and the patella, or kneecap, should sit centrally in this shaped groove. The trouble arises when the kneecap shifts slightly off to one side, or tilts incorrectly, causing an excessive rubbing effect underneath and subsequent pain in the front of the knee.

Treatment for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is aimed at addressing the underlying factors that caused the issue in the first place, of which there are often several. Commonly we find that the muscles around the knee are excessively tight, particularly the outside Quadricep muscle and the Iliotibial Band, or ITB. These pull the kneecap to one side and need to be released with specific massage therapy. Often we also find that the inner Quadricep muscle, the VMO, is weaker, and requires specific strengthening exercises in order to be able to function adequately. There are several other possible causative factors including foot mechanics and footwear which we also address in our detailed initial examination.

The most important thing is to seek help from one of our caring, experienced Physiotherapists. They will diagnose your condition properly and determine what factors have led to the development of the condition, and will take you through the process to being pain free.

So don’t delay! To become pain free book online now at, or call the practice during business hours on 95609393.

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