Our knee is one of the most heavily used joints in the body, and the knee cap, known as the patella, helps to protect the joint. Despite this protection, the joint can develop problems, including patellofemoral pain syndrome. It is a condition that most commonly affects active people such as sportspeople and those in physically demanding jobs.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome, also known as runner’s knee, is one of the most common of all medical complaints associated with the knee. Treatment can involve managing the condition, using painkillers, therapy, and, in some cases, surgery. The syndrome comes with a number of unwelcome symptoms.
1. Gradual Onset
Aches and pains in joints and muscles will usually come on quite suddenly. They will often be down to an injury, minor or otherwise, and the patient will often recognize the exact moment it happened. Depending on the cause of the pain, however, the pain will start off very mild and increase gradually over time. In cases of patellofemoral pain syndrome, the patient might barely notice anything to begin with and they might put it down to something temporary. As time goes by, however, they will begin to notice it more and the degree of pain will increasingly limit their mobility. It is advisable to see a medical professional as soon as you recognize that something is wrong.