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Patellofemoral Pain Treatment in Illinois

Assisting Patients with Runner’s Knee

Participating in athletics places extra strain on the body, particularly its joints. Sometimes called “runner’s knee” or “jumper’s knee” patellofemoral pain may result from repetitive use during sports and other activities. The generalized term describes pain in front of and around the kneecap (patella). Although it is associated with sports, patellofemoral pain is not exclusive to athletes; overuse during everyday activities and problems with knee alignment may also lead to this type of knee pain.

Cause of Patellofemoral Pain

Painful knee conditions commonly result from overuse and natural deterioration of cartilage in the joint. As cartilage wears and softens beneath the kneecap, patellofemoral pain can set-in. Additional, contributing causes may include the following:

  • Rigorous training: Runners and other athletes place high demands on their weight-bearing joints, sometimes leading to this painful syndrome. Jumping, squatting, and other activities stressful to the knees are underlying causes, often stirring-up symptoms as workouts intensify.
  • Age: Teens and active young adults experience patellofemoral pain more frequently than others.
  • Prolonged stress: Carrying extra weight adds ongoing stress to knee joints, increasing risk for developing pain and other symptoms.
  • Injury: When the structure of the knee sustains damage, it becomes susceptible to related conditions, such as arthritis, bursitis, and patellofemoral pain syndrome.

Description of Patellofemoral Pain

Pain around the knee is identified as patellofemoral pain syndrome. Several underlying causes may be responsible for its onset, sometimes in combination. When nerves near the knee sense pain, it may be due to deteriorated cartilage or damaged synovial tissue lining the joint. Tendons and other soft tissue may also be involved, depending on what types of activities are responsible for the irritation.

Symptoms of Patellofemoral Pain

Runner’s knee, commonly associated with athletics, may result in the following symptoms:

  • Dull, aching pain under or around front of kneecap where it connects at thighbone
  • Pain when walking up or downstairs, kneeling, squatting, and sitting with a bent knee for an extended period

If you’re experiencing pain due to athletic activity, we can help. Contact Fox Valley Orthopedics today by calling (630) 584-1400.