Patellofemoral syndrome is characterized by a dull or aching pain around or under the front of the kneecap (patella), the complex structure where the lower end of the thigh bone (femur) and the upper end of the shin bone (tibia) meet. The pain usually becomes more pronounced with movements and positions like kneeling, squatting, sitting with bent knees, and walking up and down stairs. Sometimes, the affected knee will unexpectedly buckle or produce a grinding sensation. If you are experiencing the symptoms of patellofemoral syndrome in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or the surrounding FL area, you can turn with confidence to the orthopaedic specialists at Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group.
During many vigorous athletic activities, such as running, cycling, skiing, jumping, and playing soccer, heavy stress is placed on the knee. Patellofemoral syndrome can sometimes develop as a result of this stress. Other factors that can exacerbate knee pain include:
- Inadequate stretching
- Strained tendons
- A misaligned or dislocated kneecap
- Tight, weak, or imbalanced thigh muscles
- Flat feet
While rest is essential, the best course of treatment for patellofemoral syndrome will often vary based on a patient’s unique circumstances. The Board-certified doctors and expert physical therapists at Tampa Orthopaedic help many patients with this and other joint and musculoskeletal conditions to regain their mobility through surgical and non-surgical means. We offer conservative therapies like viscosupplementation, platelet rich plasma therapy, cortisone injections, physical therapy, and ultrasound therapy. In addition, if your patellofemoral syndrome should require surgery, Dr. Daniel Murphy, our Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, can discuss your options for inpatient or outpatient knee procedures.
To learn more about Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group, or to schedule a consultation with a doctor to discuss treatments for patellofemoral syndrome, please contact our clinic today. We proudly serve patients in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and the surrounding Florida areas. When you visit our facility, you can count on receiving personalized care in a welcoming setting.