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Treating patellofemoral pain syndrome at home

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, which causes pain in the front of your knee, can often be treated at home with rest, ice, and OTC anti-inflammatory medications. You may also want to try an anti-inflammatory natural supplement.

After the initial pain goes away, it can be helpful to do strengthening exercises to prevent it from recurring. A physical therapist can help you create an exercise program.

You should start to feel better within a few months.

If pain does not go away after a few months, you may need to see an orthopedist, who specializes in muscle, joint, and bone injuries.

OTC treatments for patellofemoral pain syndrome

  • Oral anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) reduce swelling and pain.
  • Topical NSAIDs like diclofenac gel (Voltaren) are creams or gels that can be applied directly to your knee.
  • Some people find that natural anti-inflammatory herbs help reduce symptoms. These include:
    • Cinnamon
    • Garlic
    • Ginger
    • Green tea
    • Turmeric
    • Arnica

How to treat patellofemoral pain syndrome at home

  • Rest your knee as much as possible for a few days..
  • Keep your leg elevated when possible for several days.
  • Try not to bend, squat, or sit for long periods of time until the pain is gone.
  • Do not run, play sports, or do physical activities that make your knee hurt. It can make symptoms worse.
  • Take anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to reduce swelling and pain. Take NSAIDs continuously for several days until pain is gone.
  • You can use an ace bandage or patella tape to help support your knee until you heal.
  • See a physical therapist to help strengthen your muscles supporting your knee.
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