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Structural alignment, muscular weakness in the knee, imbalance, overuse, muscular tightness and "flat feet" are such causes of patellofemoral pain.


Symptoms of patellofemoral pain syndrome include an intense, dull, aching pain, in and around the kneecap. Running down stairs, squatting, sitting for a long period of time with the knees bent and then standing will all cause the generalized dull kneecap pain associated with this condition. Swelling of the knee may exist and a crackling noise coming from the knee may also occur during movement.



Despite all of the variables that might cause the pain surrounding patellofemoral pain syndrome, there are some things patients can do to ease the symptoms.

  • Get plenty of rest

  • Consider turning to non-impact exercise, such as swimming or biking, to continue on a fitness regime, yet allowing your knee(s) to heal

  • Wear high quality, shock-absorbed running shoes

  • Icing the knees after exercise

  • Taking anti-inflammatory pain medication for swelling and pain relief

  • Adhere to a physical therapy regime specifically designed to treat Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome


When conservative treatment and therapy has failed to relieve and alleviate symptoms, knee surgery can be considered as a last resort. Dr. Parikh will perform arthroscopic surgery to examine and treat the inside of the knee joint. Arthroscopic knee surgery is performed on an out-patient basis.

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