Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)

What is patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)?

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common causes of chronic knee pain. The patellofemoral joint is the articular surface between the patella (knee cap) and the femur. When functioning optimally, the patella glides smoothly in a groove created by the bones of the leg. Due to muscular imbalances, alignment issues, trauma, or overuse, the patella may be unable to track properly through its groove as the knee bends and straightens. Over time, this process may produce pain deep in the knee, referred to as patellofemoral pain syndrome.

Common Symptoms

  • Pain typically comes on gradually
  • Pain may increase with kneeling, prolonged positions, running, walking, or stairs
  • The knee may feel unstable or weak
  • There may be a sensation or sound of grinding in the knee

Treatment Strategies

PFPS can be treated using a variety of therapeutic techniques and strengthening exercises. Book a physiotherapy or chiropractic appointment with one of our skilled clinicians to assist in your recovery.

Some of the treatment techniques that may be beneficial include: