Patellofemoral Pain (PFPS) is a common knee condition that causes pain around or behind the kneecap (patella). It often occurs when the patella doesn't move smoothly within the groove of the thigh bone (femur) during knee movement. PFPS is frequently associated with activities that involve repetitive knee bending and is common in runners, cyclists, and individuals who engage in sports that stress the knee joint. Symptoms include a dull, aching pain in the front of the knee, particularly during activities like climbing stairs, squatting, or sitting with the knees bent for extended periods.
At STRONG., we recommend seeking help through physiotherapy or chiropractic as a first step. Treatments are individualized to your needs and preferences but typical sessions may include exercise or rehabilitation focusing on the lower limb, relative rest and activity modification, tissue release of tight muscles, joint mobilization/manipulation, or acupuncture. As your pain subsides, working with a personal trainer on lower body and core strength can often be helpful as a second step.
Treatments may include: