Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or PFPS is one of the most common causes of anterior knee pain (pain in the front of the knee). This is most common in young, active, females, but is also frequently seen in men. Sometimes people describe this pain in the front of the knee as “runner’s or jumper’s knee.”
So, what is the cause of PFPS? As mentioned before, this is occurring in the active population. The symptoms usually occur while putting weight on the affected leg, while lowering into a squat, lunge, or walking downhill / down stairs. The pain is increased with these activities due to the demand on the quads. This pain may be occurring due to decreased quad strength, hip strength, or possibly patellar tracking abnormalities. A full evaluation is needed to know the exact cause.
How can physical therapy help me if I have PFPS or pain in the front of my knee? After a physical therapy evaluation we can focus on a specific treatment plan. We will work to improve quad strength, hip strength, lifting / running mechanics, and taping. Other modalities may be used depending on the specifics to your case. Please call or stop by if you suspect you have PFPS or ( pain in the front of the knee) and we can create you an individualized program.