Patellofemoral pain is a catchall term referring to any pain at the front of your knee, typically due to overuse. This can include quad/patellar/pes ansirine tendinitis, arthritic issues, or bursitis.
Patellofemoral pain is typically due to overuse, but it can also be caused by an acute trauma to the knee or patella.
– Poor squat/run/jump mechanics.
– Quad/hip/ITB tightness.
– Poor kneecap mobility.
– Hip weakness.
– Poor training habits.
– Pain at the front of the knee.
– Pain with squatting/climbing stairs/running.
– Restricted range of motion.
At Home Diagnostic Tests
– None — see symptom checklist.
At Home Care
– Foam roll quads.
– Self patellar mobilizations.
– Patellar strap.
When to Seek Help
If your knee pain is preventing you from doing the things you enjoy, or lasts longer than 1 week, see your physical therapist.