Runner's Knee (Patellofemoral Syndrome)

Patellofemoral syndrome is a term used to describe pain related to the kneecap.  It is often related to overuse in repetitive activities, such as running.  Patients often have difficulty with stairs, hills, kneeling, and other every day activities.  It can be related to the alignment of the kneecap, previous injury, or wear and tear of the cartilage under the kneecap.

Runner’s knee is often treated with physical therapy, which helps offload the kneecap by strengthening certain muscle groups of the hip and knee.

Patellofemoral Syndrome (AAOS)

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