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PFS is a common knee injury that results in inflammation and irritation of the soft tissues surrounding the patellofemoral joint.  The exact cause can range from overuse to direct trauma. This condition frequently co-exists with Patellar Tendinopathy.

Pain is felt in the anterior knee around the patella.

There are several different ways in which one can develop PFS:

  • Too much activity, too soon
  • Direct Injury to the patella
  • Patella (kneecap) not tracking properly
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Anatomical development /  increased “Q angle” (hip to knee angle)
  • Pronation (arch flattening) of the feet
  • Tight iliotibial band (ITB)
  • Post knee injury or surgery

Rest: The patient should rest the knee by decreasing or modifying aggravating activities.
Ice:  Apply a cold compress, wrapped in a towel or in a Trainers Choice compression wrap, to the injured area for 15 minutes per hour, a minimum of 3 times/day.
Compression: Apply compression to the soft tissue surrounding the patellofemoral joint by wrapping the knee with an elastic wrap, or applying a knee compression support.  Avoid applying pressure directly over the knee cap.
Elevate: The knee should be placed in an elevated position to reduce swelling.

  • Athletic/Physical therapy to evaluate the cause and treat accordingly including stretching and strengthening the proper muscle groups: Focus especially on VMO strengthening exercises
  • Bracing/taping to aid functional tracking of the patella
  • Over-the-counter orthotics