Patellofemoral syndrome is a pain in the front of the knee and around the kneecap

Patellofemoral Syndrome

What is Patellofemoral Syndrome? Anterior knee pain, medically referred to as patellofemoral pain, presents across the front of the knee.

Those with anterior knee pain can find activities such as the stairs, running, jumping, and standing up from a chair provocative. They will also dislike their knee is bent for a prolonged period of time.

The patellofemoral joint acts as a lever. The knee cap, or patella, is a disc-shaped bone that runs up and down a groove at the end of the thigh bone, or femur. The control of the joint is entirely dependent upon the surrounding structures. These include soft tissues such as your ITB which runs down the outer edge of the thigh and your quadriceps muscles which run down the front of your thigh and over your patella. Good control of your trunk, hip and foot also allows you the efficient movement of this joint. An imbalance in any of these structures can lead to a dysfunctional movement pattern whereby the patella no longer runs smoothly up and down in its groove.

Patellofemoral pain responds excellently to conservative treatments. Osteo Health offers effective non-invasive treatment options for “runner`s knee”. The combination of the mentioned below modalities gives the most desired result.

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is an effective intervention and should be considered for patellofemoral syndrome particularly when other nonoperative treatments have failed.

Clinical study:     Effects of ESWT for Lower Limb Tendinopathy

Supplementation of strengthening of hip abductor and lateral rotator muscles in a strengthening quadriceps exercise programme provided additional benefits with respect to the perceived pain symptoms during functional activities in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome after six weeks of treatment.

Clinical study:     The Effect of Exercises in Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Laser therapy is safe and effective in reducing knee pain.

 Clinical study:     Effectiveness of Laser therapy for Patellofemoral Syndrome

Massage therapy is determined to be an effective complementary therapy in the treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome.

 Clinical study:    Massage Therapy as an Effective Treatment for Patellofemoral Syndrome

Manual Therapy may be helpful in the short term for decreasing pain in patients with patellofemoral syndrome.

 Clinical study:     Effectiveness of Manual Therapy for Patellofemoral Pain


 Pubmed, Physitrack.

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