Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is pain located in the front of the knee caused by wearing down, roughening, or softening of the cartilage under the kneecap. Often involves poor tracking of the patella in the femoral groove. Imbalances of the muscle groups in the legs, poor flexibility, bone structure, and weakness in the foot and ankle are causes of poor tracking.
- Pain on the sides of kneecap
- Grinding feeling or knee popping
- Buckling, in which the knee suddenly gives way
- Rest and ice
- Knee brace
- Physical therapy exercises
- Surgery to remove damaged cartilage