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Patellofemoral Pain

Patellofemoral Pain

Patellofemoral pain is a condition in which pain occurs at the front of the knee. HealthQuest offers effective Patellofemoral pain treatment for this injury which is common among runners and those who participate in activities that tend to put undue stress on the knee. Our rehabilitation center based in Brooklyn, NY specializes in providing customized, non-operative knee pain treatment to help patients return to recreational and sporting activities quickly.

Causes and Symptoms

Several factors which increase the pressure between the kneecap (patella) and the lower part of the thigh bone (femur) may combine to cause runner’s knee, the popular name for patellofemoral pain syndrome. Weak hip muscles, flat feet, and repeated small injuries or stresses to the knee are major risk factors. The dull ache can get worse with going up and down stairs, kneeling or squatting and sitting with a bent knee for a long time. The condition can affect one or both knees.

Diagnosis of

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

In addition to the standard history taking, and physical examination of the affected joint and surrounding structures, our physician may recommend the following tests to diagnose knee pain:

  • X-ray to view and assess bone
  • CT scan to visualize both bone and soft tissues
  • Knee MRI scan to view detailed images of the bones, ligaments and cartilage

These tests are generally recommended to rule out the possibilities of other conditions such as arthritis or joint dislocation.


Pain Management

with Nonsurgical Modalities

At our multispecialty health care center, orthopedists work with other sports medicine specialists to provide patients with customized knee pain treatment. Modalities used include:

  • Rest
  • Ice and heat application
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Exercise programs
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • TENS
  • Knee braces
  • Custom orthotics
  • Game Ready cold therapy system

To learn more about our sports injury treatment or to schedule a consultation, call (718) 769-2521. We accept Medicare, Workers’ Compensation, No-Fault and other major medical insurance plans.