Patellofemoral Syndrome, “Runner’s Knee”

Causes, Symptoms & Treatment of Runner’s Knee Pain

What is Patellofemoral Syndrome?

  • Patellofemoral Syndrome: Pain in the front of the knee
    • Pain is localized around the kneecap
    • Also known as “Runner’s Knee
  • Occurs mainly in athletes and teens, but can affect any age gap depending on activity, etc.

Causes of Patellofemoral Syndrome?

  • Misaligned kneecap (Patellar Tracking Disorder)
  • Overuse: High Impact Sports: Running. Basketball
  • Weak Adductors (inner thigh muscles) and tight calf muscles
  • Repeated or direct stress on the knee (ie: running on concrete)

Symptoms of Patellofemoral Syndrome?

  • Knee pain when sitting, squatting or jumping
  • Knee buckling: knee gives out unexpectedly
  • Crepitus: Cracking sounds or Popping sensation in your knee when walking

Treatment for Patellofemoral Syndrome?

  • Avoid bent knee exercises (ie: squats, deep knee lunges)
  • Custom Foot Orthotics
    • Decreases compressive forces/stress and impact on the knee joint- “Shock Absorption”
    • Improves lower leg and knee alignment thus reducing soft tissue strain on the knee – “Increased Stability”
  • Massage Therapy
    • Cross fiber friction massage around the Patellar Tendon, quads and ITB (ilio-tibial band)
    • Quadricep Stretch: Stretching of the Rectus Femoris Muscle (front of the thigh)

Related information: 

  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB Syndrome)
  • Sports Massage Therapy: Iliotibial Band Syndrome Treatment
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