Patellofemoral Pain

What is Patellofemoral Pain?

  • Patellofemoral pain is when there is pain in the soft tissue of the knee and around the patella (kneecap).
  • The soft tissue in the knee may include the tendons, the fat pad under the patella, and the synovial tissue that lines the knee joint.


What causes Patellofemoral Pain?

  • Usually caused by repetitive stress on the knee (such as squatting, stairs, and running).
  • Changes in footwear or playing surfaces may also cause patellofemoral pain.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Pain in the front of the knee with movement or activity over the affected site.
  • Localized swelling.
  • Your knee may feel like it is catching and popping.
  • You may hear noises such as a creaking in your knee during activity.

What Can I Do to Feel Better?

  • Rest. Do not do things that cause pain.
  • Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time will help decrease swelling and pain.
  • Compression can be helpful to decrease swelling and pain.
  • Elevating your knee so that it is above your heart can also be helpful for swelling.

When Should I See a Medical Professional?

  • If rest, ice, and compression are not improving the condition.
  • If you are uncertain about the severity of the condition.