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Patellofemoral Osteoarthritis (Kneecap Arthritis) is defined as damage to the cartilage localised only to the patellofemoral joint with little or no arthritis in the main part of the knee joint i.e. the medial and lateral compartments.
The symptoms are similar to patellofemoral pain syndrome i.e. pain when going up and down stairs squatting or rising from a seated position.
The treatment for patellofemoral osteoarthritis is similar to the treatment approach for any other form of osteoarthritis. We aim to avoid surgery where we can and always start with a conservative approach.
But sometimes surgery is unavoidable and we are able to confidently treat Patello-femoral osteoarthritis with surgical solutions. (Please see main section on Osteoarthritis)
(for more information on each of these treatments please see the treatments page for Osteoarthritis and Degenerative disease)