Patellofemoral pain is one of the most common causes of anterior (front) knee pain.
As described in its name, the syndrome indicates pain coming from the patellofemoral joint (the joint between the knee cap and thigh bone).
What causes patellofemoral pain?
In patellofemoral pain syndrome the patella is typically misaligned. This may be caused by various factors such as tight or weak muscles that attach to the patella or poor movement patterns. This misalignment places stress through the patellofemoral joint during activity causing tissue damage and inflammation.
Symptoms of Patellofemoral syndrome:
- Pain typically at the front of the knee, in & around the knee cap
- Pain is worse with activity walking, running, squatting, lunging
- Pain during long periods of sitting