Symptoms of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Symptoms of patellofemoral pain syndrome include an intense, dull, aching pain, in and around the kneecap. Running down stairs, squatting, and standing after sitting for a long period of time with the knees bent will all cause generalized dull kneecap pain associated with this condition. Swelling of the knee may exist and a crackling noise coming from the knee may also occur during movement.
Treatment for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Despite all of the variables that might cause the pain surrounding patellofemoral pain syndrome, there are some things patients can do to ease the symptoms. Here are some recommendations:
- Get plenty of rest
- Consider switching to non-impact exercise, such as swimming, that will be less stressful on your knee and will allow it heal, while still maintaining your physical health
- Wear high quality, shock-absorbed running shoes
- Icing the knees after exercise
- Taking anti-inflammatory pain medication for swelling and pain relief
- Seek physical therapy
When conservative treatment and therapy has failed to relieve and alleviate symptoms associated with this knee injury, surgery can be considered. Dr. Millett will perform arthroscopic surgery to examine and treat the inside of the knee joint. During the procedure, rough or frayed spots in the cartilage will be shaved and smoothed and plica (thin tissue that lines the joint) can be trimmed. The patella may also be realigned. Arthroscopic knee surgery is performed on an out-patient basis.
To learn more about the common knee injury patellofemoral pain syndrome, please contact the practice of Dr. Peter Millett.