What is the Treatment for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?
Patellofemoral pain syndrome causes patients in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area to experience pain in the front of the knee and around the patella (kneecap). Patients often experience difficulty with kneeling, squatting and climbing stairs. This knee condition is also known as “runner’s knee” or “jumper’s knee” since it is commonly associated with the athletic population. Acute pain due to patellofemoral pain is treated with rest, ice, compression and elevation. Sometimes, anti-inflammatories such as Advil, Motrin and Aleve are necessary to decrease pain and swelling. Chronic patellofemoral pain that do not respond to conservative treatment options may require surgical intervention to alleviate symptoms and restore function to the knee. Dr. Jervis Yau, orthopedic knee surgeon, is highly trained in arthroscopic patellofemoral pain syndrome treatment so patients affected by this condition can return to a healthy, active lifestyle.
What Causes Kneecap Pain?
Several factors may contribute to development of patellofemoral pain. Most include overuse and overload to the patellofemoral joint over time from repetitive high impact loading exercises, running, squatting and excessive stair climbing or hiking. Sometimes, acute pain and swelling may be due to a sudden increase in physical activity, such as exercise frequency or intensity. Patellofemoral pain is commonly associated with abnormal tracking of the patella in the trochlear groove. In this condition, the patella is pushed to one side of the groove when the knee is in a bent position. This leads to increased contact pressure and can lead to asymmetric wear of the cartilage on that side of the patellofemoral joint causing pain and dysfunction.