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I've started a new running program and my knee hurts behind the kneecap when running and when going down stairs. What is the cause and what can help?
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Patellofemoral pain
You most likely have patellofemoral syndrome, sometimes associated with cartilage damage behind the kneecap termed chondromalacia.
We treat this syndrome with strengthening of the medial quad called the vmo as well as the hamstrings and the hip abductors. Stretching the it band is also important. Getting customized running shoes from a quality running store is key as well.

In brief: Patellofemoral pain
You most likely have patellofemoral syndrome, sometimes associated with cartilage damage behind the kneecap termed chondromalacia.
We treat this syndrome with strengthening of the medial quad called the vmo as well as the hamstrings and the hip abductors. Stretching the it band is also important. Getting customized running shoes from a quality running store is key as well.
Dr. Frank Holmes
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Dr. Joseph Hermann
Family Medicine
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In brief: Pat-Fem Syndrome
This is inflamation of the under surface of the patella (kneecap), most often brought brought on by a recent increase in weight bearing exercises in susceptible individuals.
Isometric exercises, or "quad-sets", are the primary exercise of choice. Go see a physical therapist to learn how to do them correctly.

In brief: Pat-Fem Syndrome
This is inflamation of the under surface of the patella (kneecap), most often brought brought on by a recent increase in weight bearing exercises in susceptible individuals.
Isometric exercises, or "quad-sets", are the primary exercise of choice. Go see a physical therapist to learn how to do them correctly.
Dr. Joseph Hermann
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