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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Treatment Overview

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Treating patellofemoral pain syndrome

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, which causes pain in the front of your knee, can often be treated at home. Treatment focuses on resting your knee, and using ice and OTC anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to reduce swelling and pain.

NSAIDs can be taken orally or as medicated creams that you apply to your knee.

It’s important to try to prevent further pain by avoiding bending, squatting, or sitting for long periods of time. Do not run, play sports, or do physical activities that make your knee hurt. They can make symptoms worse.

Keep in mind that it may take a few months to get better.

You can also learn strengthening exercises to help prevent it. You may want to first go to a physical therapist to teach you how to do these exercises at home by yourself.

If the pain does not go away after a few months, you may need to see an orthopedist, who specializes in muscle, joint, and bone injuries. They can make sure you don’t have other conditions like patellar tendinitis or bursitis. They can also refer you to a physical therapist.

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An orthopedist may recommend tests like X-rays or an MRI to check for other conditions.

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