Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
The patella is the kneecap. And the femur is the thigh bone.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a general term for pain felt under the front of the kneecap. This pain is often chronic and aggravated by activities such as jumping, or going up and down stairs.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome is usually caused by misalignment of the knee joint due to the breakdown of cartilage, and may be aggravated by tight muscles and tendons, muscle weaknesses, injury and physical stresses.
Previously medical treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome was by surgery, although this was generally found to be ineffective. Medical treatment is now generally by anti-inflammatories and exercise, with surgery reserved for a minority of cases. Some medical practitioners advocate the use of knee braces, although this is controversial.
Myofascial Release for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Myofascial release or massage therapy for clients with patellofemoral pain syndrome involves work on the muscles and soft tissues of the legs & hip. Clients are also encouraged to do suitable stretching exercises for the whole leg between sessions.