What is patellofemoral syndrome?
Patellofemoral syndrome (a.k.a. chondromalacia patellae) is the most common cause of anterior knee pain in young adults. Women are more commonly affected than men and the underlying problem is related to abnormal patellar tracking in the groove, leading to excessive pressure behind the patella.
How is patellofemoral syndrome treated?
Treatment for patellofemoral syndrome is aimed at improving the inner quadriceps muscles and strengthening the hip abductors to improve tracking. Occasionally, steroid injections may be used to reduce inflammation. In rare cases, surgery may be needed to help re-align the patella.