What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)?

This is a common condition causing pain in both athletes and non athletes, men and women of all ages and causes pain at the front of the knee. 

This condition is also sometimes known as chondromalacia Patella or Patella femoral disorder. However these are synonymous with PFPS or anterior knee pain.

What are the causes of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)?

The exact cause for anterior knee pain is unknown; however it is linked to overloading of the patellofemoral joint and people taking part in sports involving running or jumping such as tennis , football or badminton.

It can also occur in non-athletes due to softening of the cartilage (chondromalacia patella) in the patellofemoral joint resulting in normal forces causing pain at the front of the knee.

 There are a number of potential causes for anterior knee pain :

·   Abnormal biomechanics / movement of the patella

·   Weak muscles

·   Poor gait / training errors

·   Tight structures: iliotibial band, lateral

·   Injury to the front of the knee

How is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome investigated?

Patello-femoral pain syndrome can be a disabling condition and requires proper assessment and investigation to identify the underlying problem. We will thoroughly examine your knee and may obtain xrays and / or an MRI scan to assess the anatomy of your knee.