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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Provider Treatments

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How and when to see a provider

You should see a healthcare provider if your symptoms of patellofemoral pain syndrome do not go away after a few months of home treatments. 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.

How to test for patellofemoral pain syndrome

You may need to have X-rays or an MRI if your doctor wants to make sure you don’t have other conditions that are causing the knee pain, like patellar tendinitis and bursitis.

What to expect from your doctor visit

  • Your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help strengthen muscles around the knee and reduce the strain on the joint.
  • It can take a while to get better, but it almost never requires surgery.
  • Some people find that acupuncture treatments can help reduce the pain.

Types of patellofemoral pain syndrome providers

  • An orthopedist specializes in muscle, joint, and bone injuries.
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