Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) refers to pain at the front of the knee around the knee cap. It is one of the most common overload injuries for people who frequently run or jump. It may present as a mild to severe ache in the knee exacerbated by jumping, stair-climbing and squatting. Prolonged sitting or constant repetitive exercise can also worsen the pain.
Because repetitive overload is a key causative factor in PFP, the biomechanics of the lower limb can often be to blame. It is not uncommon to see weakness of the glutes and muscles around the knee in this condition.
Physio guided strength and stability exercises to target deficiencies in biomechanics may include: – Glutes strengthening, stability and activation – Quadriceps or hamstring strengthening – Stretching or releasing tight quads/hip flexors