Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome


What is patellofemoral pain syndrome? Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is pain under or around your patella (kneecap). PFPS can develop when the patella rubs against the femur (thigh bone) as you move your knee. It may also happen when the patella moves out of place.

What increases my risk for PFPS?

What are the signs and symptoms of PFPS?

How is PFPS diagnosed? Your caregiver will examine your knee and look for swelling, warm skin, and crepitus. He may move your legs in different directions to check for pain, and to see how your kneecap moves. You may also need the following:

How is PFPS treated? The goal of treatment is to decrease pain, keep the kneecap in the correct position, and prevent more problems.

How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I contact my caregiver?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?


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