Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Home Treatments
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:
- Green tea
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.