Patellofemoral Pain? Below the knee kneecap cartilage that you have is a natural shock absorber. Overuse injuries or other factors can cause a condition known as chondromalacia patella which is a general term damage to the cartilage under the kneecap beneath you. Chondromalacia patella known as patellofemoral pain syndrome. The most common symptom is knee pain that increases when you walk up or down stairs. Simple treatments such as rest and applying ice to relieve pain, but sometimes physical therapy or even surgery is needed to relieve patellofemoral pain.
Causes of Patellofemoral Pain
Doctors are not sure what exactly is causing patellofemoral pain syndrome, but may be related to:
- Repetitive stress on your knee joints
- Bones out of alignment, patellofemoral pain can occur if the bones in the knee or foot is not aligned correctly.
- Injury, trauma to the kneecap, such as dislocation or fracture, has been associated with patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Symptoms Of Patellofemoral Pain
Patellofemoral pain syndrome usually causes pain and tenderness in the front of the knee.
This pain can be exacerbated when you:
- Walking up or down stairs
- Kneeling or squatting
- Sit with your knees and bent in a long time
Treatments For Patellofemoral Pain
If the knee pain does not improve within a few days, consult your doctor. Treatment of patellofemoral pain often begins with simple steps. Rest your knee as much as possible. Avoid activities that increase pain, such as climbing stairs. If required, the consumption of painkillers, such as acetaminophen or pain relievers non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. If drugs are not able to cope with the pain, you may need to undergo therapy. Cases of chronic patellar chondromalacia often require surgical process, but it rarely happens.
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