Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patello-Femoral Syndrome is the medical name for a condition that causes the pain in and around the front of the knee. The patella (kneecap) is designed to move smootly within a ready made groove on the femur (thigh bone)

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

This knee problem can occur in all age groups and can often be mistaken as ''arthritic'' pain. Pain usually comes from the surrounding tissues of the patella but can also be generated from the surface of the bones. Common symptoms of PFJ are

  • pain on or around the front of the knee
  • pain squatting, stairs or lunging, weakness or the feeling like your knee may give way (this is due to the quadriceps not working properly)
  • swelling around the knee, muscle wasting at the front of the thigh, poor balance in that leg

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

The kneecap is designed to move smoothly, when the patella is not moving or "tracking"properly within its' groove, anterior knee pain can develop.

Treatment and management options

  • We recommend a physiotherapy assessment to assist in diagnosing your PFJ injury,
  • Taping your PFJ as advised by one of our practitioners
  • Commencing immediate pain free quadriceps exercises, specifically the inner quadriceps which will assist in improving strength and decreasing pain associated with PFJ syndrome
  • If you are injured at work or in sport, our practitioners have approved knee conditioning programs for your PFJ injury that will get you back on track sooner

Whatever stage you’re at, we’re ready to help.

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