Patellofemoral Pain

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.


Inspired Athletx Treatment

In the case of patellofemoral pain, your knee is the victim, and another area is the culprit!  Just treating your knee may help with symptoms in the short term, but will not create long term success.  The first step to recovery at Inspired Athletx is identifying the cause of your knee pain – typically hip or ankle stiffness, hip weakness, poor lower body mechanics, poor training habits – or a combination of these factors!  Treatment will include manual therapy and corrective exercises to address the cause and help to manage symptoms.  Movement training to reduce quad dominance, as well as making adjustments to your training habits will provide you the tools to avoid recurrence of patellofemoral pain in the future.