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Medicine For Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Sometimes: Patellofemoral syndrome is often successfully treated with aggressive, committed physical therapy aimed at strengthening the inside portion of your quadricep muscle. Damage of the smooth articular cartilage on the undersurface of the knee cap is called chondromalacia patella. If this damage is severe enough, then either a partial or total knee replacement may be indicated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Could it happen that a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?
Last resort treatmen: Running causes high forces in this portion of the joint. So does arising from a chair, going up/down stairs. Treatment consists of activity modification, ice, anti-inflammatory meds and therapy aimed at flexibility and strengthening, especially of your core. Doubt knee replacement would be needed unless other compartments of knee also arthritic. Patellofemoral replacement as a last resort. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends....: On whether the patella was resurfaced. Some patients will still have pain if their patella was not resurfaced. They may have damaged cartilage on the knee cap that is rubbing against the implant. Unfortunately resurfacing the kneecap later often only helps about half the patients. Talk with your surgeon or get a second opinion. There may be something else going on like loosening or infection. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With patellofemoral pain syndrome, is there anything at the gym that I should avoid, and anything I should do more of?
No free weights: Free weights while standing, treatmills, 'zumba', p90x training and anything that requires deep knee flexion will aggravate. Elliptical trainers with low ramp height, fixed weight machines in seated position and stationary cycling with seat set high will probably not cause a problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can doing yoga (which I have never done before) help patellofemoral pain syndrome, or is there a risk that it might make it worse?
Could go either way: There are many different styles of yoga and each style has many different exercises/poses. I have no doubt that the proper type can help as well as no doubt that the wrong postures can aggravate it. You should not take a generic class but receive individualized instruction by a qualified teacher aware of your condition- or at least ask a physical therapist what to do and not do. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What (in simple english ;-) ) is patellofemoral pain syndrome? I'm told it's something to do with one muscle not being as strong as another muscle?
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