Patellofemoral pain syndrome

Usually there is pain around the kneecap and this can cause pain with activities such as climbing stairs, squatting and performing squat exercises. In addition to pain, there is sometimes stiffness or an unstable feeling. Patellofemoral pain syndrome usually affects young adults.


Patellofemoral pain syndrome is actually a collective name for pain of the knee around the kneecap. These complaints often occur in young women and that is why this condition is also called 'the girl's knee'. Patella is the Latin word for kneecap. The kneecap is a disc shaped like a point made of bone. Around the kneecap there are many muscles and tendons that keep the kneecap in place. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of patellofemoral pain syndrome. Patellofemoral pain syndrome often involves a weakening of the front leg muscles, also known as the quadriceps.


If you suffer from patellofemoral pain syndrome, this can cause various symptoms. Often there is pain behind or around the kneecap. These pains occur particularly during stair climbing, squatting and squat exercises. Besides this pain, you may also experience a feeling of instability or stiffness. These symptoms are especially common in young adults and are often seen in girls.


The diagnosis of patellofemoral pain syndrome is made on the basis of an interview. The physiotherapist will ask a number of questions to see if your complaints fit in with this disorder. After that the therapist will do a number of tests to see how the knee is functioning. The physiotherapists at Fysiofitaal can easily and quickly diagnose patellofemoral pain syndrome. Do you think you have this disorder or do you suffer from other knee complaints? Make an appointment with one of our therapists and they will help you further.


The treatment can consist of different actions. Which action your treatment consists of depends on the complaints you are experiencing. Often the treatment consists of a combination of reducing the pain and strengthening the leg muscles on the basis of specific exercises.

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