What is patellofemoral spurring?

Patellofemoral arthritis affects the underside of the patella (kneecap) and the channel-like groove in the femur (thighbone) that the patella rests in. It causes pain in the front of your knee and can make it difficult to kneel, squat, and climb and descend (go down) stairs.

How do you treat patellofemoral arthritis?

These include adaptations in activity, such as avoiding stairs, limiting squats and lunges, and decreasing impact sports; physical therapy to stretch and strengthen surrounding muscles; and use of medication such as acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain.

Do you need surgery for patellofemoral pain syndrome?

Treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome usually includes avoiding any activity, sport or exercise that makes the knee pain worse, anti-inflammatory medications and sometimes wearing soft braces. Surgery is rarely required.

Can patellofemoral be cured?

This is a book-length tutorial covering every aspect of patellofemoral pain: the nature of the beast (etiology), diagnosis and related conditions, prognosis and worst case scenarios, and more than two dozen reviews of PFPS treatment options. It concludes with plenty of specific advice, but there are no miracle cures.

How painful is patellofemoral arthritis?

Patellofemoral joint (PFJ) pain cause pain at the front of the knee. The pain is often hard to pinpoint and feels deep in the joint or ‘behind the knee cap’. It is more common in females then males and is often aggravated by prolonged walking particularly downstairs and/or down hill’s, squatting, lunging and running.

How long does it take for patellofemoral pain to go away?

Recovery from patellofemoral pain can be a long process usually taking 6 weeks or more. Sport activities that heavily load the knee should only be resumed very gradually and cautiously.