Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

General Information

Also known as Runner’s Knee, patellofemoral pain causes pain in the front of the knee. It most frequently affects women and its most common causes are muscle imbalance and problems with alignment in the legs. 



  • Pain in the front and the back of the knee
  • Tenderness behind the kneecap
  • Grinding noises when moving your knee
  • Pain increases during prolonged sitting and when running down hill



Your therapist will evaluate your running form, pain pattern, leg alignment, strength and range of motion to help determine the cause of your knee pain. Modalities to decrease pain and swelling, stretching and strengthening exercises and exercises to help improve leg posture and alignment are performed. Your therapist will also instruct you on proper footwear and a stretching program. Your running biomechanics will also be addressed to help decrease the chance of further injury.