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Patellofemoral Syndrome

Patellofemoral syndrome, also known as anterior knee pain, or chondromalacia patellae is extremely common and needs to be thoroughly assessed to identify underlying causes.

The diagnosis refers to symptoms felt at or around the knee and may be caused by numerous factors.  A chronic history of this condition warrants full biomechanical assessment, including knee position, foot mechanics and patella position.  Soft tissue tightness in the calf, hamstring and quad muscle groups should also be investigated.  As should muscle power through range in the quadriceps muscle group.

Treatment of patellofemoral syndrome should include addressing of biomechanical factors predisposing the patient to the condition.  Treatment techniques may include patella mobilisation, patella taping, quadriceps retraining, dry needling and manual therapy of tight structures.

In most instances of patellofemoral syndrome athletes can continue to train throughout treatment of the condition with some alterations to certain weight bearing activities.