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Patellofemoral Syndrome - Kneecap Problems

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Patellofemoral syndrome is pain in the knee that occurs from poorly aligned knee structures, trauma, or overuse.  It is also called runner’s knee and chondromalacia patellae.  Patellofemoral syndrome results when the cartilage behind the kneecap is overstressed or deteriorates.

Patellofemoral syndrome causes pain and loss of function.  It can be treated with rest, knee bracing, medications, and physical therapy.  In some cases surgery may be necessary to smooth damaged cartilage or realign the kneecap.

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