Patellofemoral Syndrome - Kneecap Problems
Patellofemoral Syndrome is pain in the knee that occurs from poorly aligned knee structures, trauma, or overuse. It is also called runner’s knee and Chondromalacia patellae. Patellofemoral syndrome results when the cartilage behind the kneecap is overstressed or deteriorates.
Patellofemoral Syndrome causes pain and loss of function. It can be treated with rest, knee bracing, medications, and physical therapy. In some cases surgery may be necessary to smooth damaged cartilage or realign the kneecap.
Sometimes the kneecap malalignment is not treatable arthroscopically, and in such cases there are open surgical techniques that are indicated. Your doctor will discuss which type of surgery is best for your particular problem.
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