Patellofemoral syndrome results when the cartilage behind the kneecap is overstressed or deteriorates. Pain in the knee occurs from poorly aligned knee structures, trauma or overuse. Also called runner’s knee and Chondromalacia patellae, it can be treated with rest, knee bracing, medications and physical therapy. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to smooth damaged cartilage or realign the kneecap.
Patellofemoral Syndrome (Kneecap Problems) Symptoms
Patellofemoral syndrome can cause dull knee pain, swelling and tenderness. Your pain may increase after you have been seated for a long period of time or during certain activities, such as using stairs, kneeling, squatting or getting out of a chair. You may notice your knee grinds when you straighten it.