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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

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I have patellofemoral syndrome in both knees, and epicondylitis. I´ve been in therapy. I´m better, but not completly healed. Any advice? Is permanent?

I have patellofemoral syndrome in both knees, and epicondylitis. I´ve been in therapy. I´m better, but not completly healed. Any advice? Is permanent?

Exercise: It tends to be a problem that can recur but proper exercise and flexibility can usually keep it at bay. Don't forget working on your core! ...Read more

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Definition)

Patellofemoral pain syndrome causes pain in the front of the knee and around the patella, or kneecap. It is common in people who participate in sports—particularly females and young adults—but patellofemoral pain syndrome can occur in nonathletes, as well. It is sometimes called "runner's ...Read more


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Why is (if at all) using treadmills not good for someone with patellofemoral pain syndrome?

Why is (if at all) using treadmills not good for someone with patellofemoral pain syndrome?

Do no use incline: It is ok to use the treadmill provided is not in an incline, incline increases the patellofemoral joint forces. Staight line should be ok. ...Read more

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What does a surgeon do in a patellofemoral syndrome operation please?

Realign the kneecap: The operation is designed to smooth the patella cartilage surface, release the patella, and realign the quadriceps mechanism. It requires crutches for a month and therapy for a month to 6 weeks. Effective surgery makes the knee feel stronger and relieves the pain. ...Read more

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How can I permanently cure and strengthen my knee from patellofemoral syndrome?

How can I permanently cure and strengthen my knee from patellofemoral syndrome?

Strengthen quads: 'Permanent cures' from kneecap pain are difficult. Depending on the 'wear' of your patellar cartilage, patellar instability, 'Q' angle, weight and quadriceps strength/ tone and your motivation... My advice without knowing anything about you is this: strengthen your quadriceps as much as u can and keep your weight down (high school weight)...See an ORS who treats patellofemoral pain/ instability. GL ...Read more

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Is artificial cartilage going to be an option for patellofemoral syndrome & otherjoint problems soon? I am in pt for my grinding knees but am curious

Cartilage transplant: Has been studies to a small degree. Most of the procedures end up developing fibrocartilage as opposed to hyaline cartilage which is a better tissue type. There may be some promise with stem cell studies, but there are risks associated with this as well. Maybe another physician on the site is performing research that has more information. ...Read more

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How to cure patellofemoral syndrome?

How to cure patellofemoral syndrome?

Control Inflammation: Patellofemoral pain is caused by inflammation under the knee cap caused by irregular tracking when bending knee. To control symtoms you can ice joint, strengthen inner thigh muscles (vmo), use patella-stabilization brace, and take oral anti-inflammatory medication. Treatment usually requires activity limits for period of time, such as decreased running and staying on soft, flat surfaces. ...Read more

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How can I treat patellofemoral pain syndrome?

How can I treat patellofemoral pain syndrome?

Physical therapy.: Usually physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications take care of the problem. ...Read more

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What is patellofemoral pain syndrome and what would cause this to happen after a tkr?

What is patellofemoral pain syndrome and what would cause this to happen after a tkr?

Pain around kneecap: Pain surrounding and behind the knee is pfp syndrome. Following a tkr it usually is the result of imbalance of the surrounding soft tissues or tightness of the posterior muscles (hamstrings). It can also result from excessive scarring. Rarely it is the result of component malposition. Treatment is mainly with structured and home therapy. Rarely revision surgery is required. ...Read more

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Is patellofemoral syndrome typically associated with marfan's syndrome?

Is patellofemoral syndrome typically associated with marfan's syndrome?

PFS can happen: Marfan syndrome patients can get aches and pains in many joints because of the looser ligaments trying to hold the joints together at rest and under physical stress. Patellofemoral syndrome is common in normal, active school-aged children, so it is hard to tell whether or not it occurs more often in marfan syndrome kids. ...Read more

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I'm 28 and have been diagnosed with patellofemoral syndrome and been refered to a physio for a year. Does this work or is surgery work best?

I'm 28 and have been diagnosed with patellofemoral syndrome and been refered to a physio for a year. Does this work or is surgery work best?

Surg. Rarely needed: Patellofemoral syndrome (also called chondromalacia patellae) is a common problem. Pain usually occurs going down hills or stairs, kneeling, or squatting. The problem is roughening of the cartilage on the back of the patella (kneecap). Avoiding activities that aggravate the condition, isometric quadriceps strengthening exercises, and simple pain medications help. Surgery is rarely needed. ...Read more

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How can I treat runners knee (knee patellofemoral syndrome)?

How can I treat runners knee (knee patellofemoral syndrome)?

Treat cause/symptoms: "runner's knee" is not a specific diagnosis but a term for knee disorders occurring in runners. In general, the reason for the pain is overuse and/or inflammation. General recommendations: avoid the aggravating activity, rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication, compression/bracing, and time. Once improved, gradual return to running, and increased cross-training, may limit recurrences. ...Read more

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How to deal with patellofemoral pain syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

How to deal with patellofemoral pain syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Be patient: Exercize wizely. Wear a patella tracking brace for the activities that cause the pain. Good nutrition. Lose weight if you have too much. Strengthe the inner quad muscles preferentially. ...Read more

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Can Stress Out About Having Chronic Pain (patellofemoral pain syndrome) Make You Have Anxiety. Been Having pain forweek now.& then the attacks happen.

Can Stress Out About Having Chronic Pain (patellofemoral pain syndrome) Make You Have Anxiety. Been Having pain forweek now.& then the attacks happen.

Potentially: Pain itself can potentially lessen the threshold for anxiety and panic attacks; I sure would not hesitate to be seen and discuss with both a professionalism behavioral health as well as an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more