patellofemoral syndrome


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patellofemoral syndrome

anterior knee pain due to a structural or functional disturbance in the relation between the patella and distal femur.

pa·tel·lo·fem·o·ral syn·drome

(pă-tel'ō-fem'ŏr-ăl sin'drōm)
Degenerative condition affecting the articular cartilage of the patella caused by abnormal compression or shearing forces at the knee joint; may cause patellalgia.
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Moreover, the evidence suggests that health education is less effective than strengthening exercises and hot packs in the short-term management of persistent patellofemoral syndrome. The effectiveness of structured patient education for musculoskeletal disorders and injuries in other extremities needs to be explored.
* Most knee pain is caused by patellofemoral syndrome and osteoarthritis.
Scheduled for April 1-3, 2004, Running Medicine 2004: Sportsmedicine Care for the Endurance Althlete, will address such topics as exercise-associated collapse, hyponatremia, pre-participation evaluation, running with diabetes, patellofemoral syndrome, core stability and deep water running.
We are of course talking about patellofemoral syndrome, and here we look at solutions and prevention strategies as our injury article series continues moving "up the leg" (see Keep Achilles Pain from Nipping at Your Heels in Jan/Feb 2014).
This puts stress directly on the knees, often leading to patellofemoral syndrome. Overpronation, the excessive inward roll of the foot upon footstrike, is sometimes rooted in this unwanted hip motion, explaining in part why orthotics can help remedy knee pain.
Hormonal and biochemical changes that occur during pregnancy would be expected to contribute to musculoskeletal dysfunctions, such as trochanteric bursitis, patellofemoral syndrome, and planter fasciitis.
Alteration of forces acting on the patella are felt to contribute to cartilage breakdown and pain,[30] commonly referred to as chondromalacia patella or patellofemoral syndrome. Another study has shown that increased Q angle (the angle between two imaginary lines that go through the hip and knee, representing the lines of pull of the quadricepspatellar mechanism) of the knee is often an initiating factor in chondromalacia patella.[31] It is possible that increased knee joint forces, combined with peripheral ligamentous laxity of pregnancy and subsequent changes in the Q angle of the knee, could have led to a higher prevalence of patellofemoral syndrome in the case subjects during pregnancy.
Ankle sprain may result in pronation, and thereby patellofemoral syndrome. (32) If pain associated with PFPS is not relieved with patellar taping, the source of the pain may be due to excessive foot pronation, and may respond better to taping of the foot and ankle complex.
Runners with complaints of knee pain, for example, are sometimes hastily diagnosed by non-sports medicine clinicians with that old favorite, patellofemoral syndrome. Also known as "runner's knee," this diagnosis too often follows quickly after the patient simply reports knee pain and mentions that they also distance run.
In April of last year I developed lateral knee pain and in June I was diagnosed with patellofemoral syndrome. The pain is directly on the site of the lateral retinaculum.
Hill training is associated with injuries such as iliotibial band tendinitis, and anterior compartment leg tendinitis (shin splints), and can aggravate patellofemoral syndrome (runner's knee).
Most likely the noise you hear (crepitation) is an early form of patellofemoral syndrome also know as Runner's Knee.