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Learning More About Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

November 02, 2017

Fox Valley residents from Oshkosh to Green Bay might need to see a knee pain doctor for many reasons. A condition referred to as patellofemoral pain syndrome is one of these reasons. Those with this condition can experience pain around the knee cap. It is also sometimes called runner's knee. Knowing more about this condition is important if you experience it because with knowledge, you can better manage your condition.

Exploring the Causes of This Condition

  • The exact cause of this condition is something that doctors do not fully understand. There are some risk factors that might increase the risk, such as being female, being younger and playing sports that involve a lot of jumping and running. However, there are some things that this condition has been associated with and these include:
  • Weakness or imbalance in your muscles that surround your knees and hips. This might result in your knee cap not maintaining its alignment, resulting in pain. 
  • In some cases, people who have had a surgery where the patellar tendon is used to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament might experience this condition.
  • Activities and sports that result in overuse of the knees could result in this type of pain by aggravating the structures that are located under the knee cap.
  • Certain injuries could result in this condition, such as a knee cap fracture or dislocation. 

What Are the Possible Symptoms?

Pain is the most prominent symptom you want to know about. Most people usually describe the pain as aching and dull and it occurs at the front of the knee. Certain things can make the pain more intense, including when you squat or kneel, when you walk either down or up a flight of stairs and when you are sitting for a prolonged period of time with your affected knee bent. If you have pain in this area and it lasts for more than a few days, it is important that you reach out to your doctor to determine if this condition is the cause. 

Learning About the Treatment Options

There are several options that your doctor might utilize to treat your discomfort and help you to improve the overall health of your knees. Medications to alleviate your pain are commonly recommended. Your doctor might also suggest certain therapy options. In some cases, surgery might be recommended if all of the conservative treatment options fail to offer you relief. 

If you have this condition, it is important that you seek help in a timely manner to address your knee pain. Make an appointment with one of the orthopedic experts at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley (OSI). OSI’s Appleton campus has physician clinics, a surgery center, physical therapy, MRI, and a skilled nursing facility all under one roof, providing a patient-focused experience unlike any other. OSI also has convenient outreach clinics for initial consultations and follow up visits in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location in the NOVO Clinic in De Pere.