Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) (“runner’s knee”) is one of the most common causes of knee pain. The condition results from an imbalance between the muscles that help to guide your kneecap in it’s V-shaped groove at the end of your thigh bone. Repeatedly flexing and extending a misaligned kneecap leads to pain, swelling and eventually arthritis.
PFPS produces a dull pain behind the kneecap that is aggravated by prolonged walking, running, squatting, jumping, stair climbing or arising from a seated position. The pain is often worse when walking downhill or down stairs. Longstanding misalignment can cause damage to the cartilage, which results in popping, grinding or giving way.
What should you do if you are experiencing these symptoms?
Initially, it is important for you to minimize activities that provoke your pain. You should stop running if you are feeling pain in the knees and apply ice to the area. Call us if your pain persists even after a little rest and ice. Conservative care, like the type provided at this office, has been shown to be successful at relieving these symptoms. We treat knee pain from all types of causes and getting you back to normal as quickly as possible is our number one goal.