patellofemoral knee pain

What is Patellofemoral Joint Pain?

Patellofemoral Joint Pain

Are you currently experiencing pain at the front of your knee? You may be experiencing patellofemoral joint pain. This is pain originating from where the kneecap meets the thigh bone.  

Signs and Symptoms 

This pain is typically experienced with: 

  • Squatting 
  • Lunges 
  • Going up/down Stairs 
  • Kneeling,  
  • Running 
  • Prolonged Sitting 
  • Increased activity load outside of normal (i.e. Doing extra gym/new sport/hiking)

What can physio do for you? 

There are many factors that can contribute to patellofemoral pain, and your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment to identify your contributing factors. Some of the potential contributing factors are; 

  • Weakness of the quadriceps 
  • Tightness of the ITB 
  • Glute weakness 
  • Reduced ankle dorsiflexion range of motion 
  • Foot posture 
  • Poor motor control 
  • Overload  

Treatment in the clinic may consist of some manual therapy, home exercises to address the above impairments, taping, and education regarding load management.  

If you are experiencing anterior knee pain, the team at Hoppers Physio can work with you to reduce your pain and return to the activities you enjoy. Book online or call the clinic on (03) 9749 5110.