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Nov 5, 2013

Patellofemoral Pain

Patellofemoral pain (PFP) often referred to as ‘runners knee’ is the most common cause of anterior (front) knee pain. As the knee moves from a straght to a bent position the patella should track in the intercondylar groove of the femur. In order for ths to happen the patella is held in place by a balance of muscles and tendons around the knee.


PFP is the result of maltracking of the patella and this is most commonly the result of an imbalance of the quadriceps muscles with the lateral (outer) structures incuding the ITB and vastus alteralis becoming excessively tight while the medial (inside) quadricep is weak. These tight muscles exert a powerful lateral pull on the patella causing it to track slighty off centre resulting in pain and inflammation at the front of the knee.

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PF PAIN FACT SHEET.pdf

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