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The patella (kneecap) and the femur (thigh bone) are two of the major components in the knee. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a condition that involves damage or irritation where the femur and patella connect, resulting in knee pain. There are multiple conditions that can contribute to patellofemoral pain syndrome, requiring an accurate diagnosis by a knee specialist. Robotic Joint Center can offer a diagnosis and patellofemoral pain syndrome treatment from an experienced knee specialist at our clinic in NYC.

What Causes Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is not one condition but is a description of anterior knee pain and dysfunction. Symptoms can include pain around the kneecap, as well as a popping or crackling sensation when climbing stairs or standing after sitting. Multiple conditions can cause pain in the front of the knee around the kneecap and fall under the description of patellofemoral pain syndrome. These conditions include:

  • Runner’s knee (chondromalacia patella)
  • Jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis)
  • Patella Mal-Tracking
  • Synovitis

The first step in patellofemoral pain syndrome treatment is the diagnosis of the source of pain. It can include multiple issues combined, involving the patella and surrounding tissues. Misalignment, cartilage damage, synovial membrane inflammation and other factors can contribute to anterior knee pain, requiring a personalized treatment plan to provide relief.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome treatment always begins with conservative therapies that may provide relief. Rest, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy, along with support devices, can be beneficial. When conservative treatments are not effective due to more severe damage to the knee, arthroscopy may be a minimally-invasive surgical option to provide relief.

If you have patellofemoral pain syndrome symptoms and want to explore treatment options, contact us at Robotic Joint Center in UES New York City to schedule your appointment. Dr. Fredrick Buechel, Jr., is a top knee specialist who can offer advanced treatment solutions to relieve your knee pain.

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