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'Pain in the front of the knee is a common complaint in young athletes and non-athletes. This pain is the most common symptom in patellofemoral pain syndrome, one of the most prevalent knee disorders.'
Dr. Urse

What is patellofemoral pain syndrome?

The patella, or kneecap, can be a source of knee pain when it fails to function properly. When people have kneecap problems, they sometimes report a sensation like the patella is slipping. Others report having pain around the front part of the knee or along the edges of the kneecap.

What causes patellofemoral pain syndrome?

Patellofemoral pain syndrome may be caused by overuse, injury, excess weight, a kneecap that is not properly aligned, or changes under the kneecap.

What are the symptoms?

The main symptom of patellofemoral pain syndrome is knee pain, especially when sitting with bent knees, squatting, jumping, or using the stairs (especially going down stairs). You may also experience occasional knee buckling, in which the knee suddenly and unexpectedly gives way and does not support your body weight. A catching, popping, or grinding sensation when walking or with knee movement is also common.

How is patellofemoral pain syndrome diagnosed?

Diagnosis begins with a complete history of your knee problem followed by an examination of the knee, including the patella. X-rays may be ordered on the initial visit to your doctor.

If you have kneecap pain that won’t go away, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Urse to discuss your options.

Dr. Urse is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedic Associates of SW Ohio (OASWO). Dr. Urse and the OASWO group have multiple offices located throughout the Miami Valley region to provide convenient, high quality, orthopedic care to the community.

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