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Patellofemoral Joint Injuries

Patellofemoral joint injuries can cause difficulty on stairs, kneeling, and squatting. Treatment is conservative or surgical.
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What is a Patellofemoral Joint Injury?

The patellofemoral joint or the kneecap gliding on its receiving surface is commonly involved in running conditions, flexion, squatting-type occupations and is recognized as the earliest site of arthritis development in age-related populations. Symptoms include difficulty on stairs, kneeling, and squatting and also is accompanied by swelling. Treatment of patellofemoral problems typically is conservative using various orthopaedic measures to control inflammation and restore function.


Patellofemoral Joint Injuries: What You Need to Know

The patellofemoral joint, or the kneecap gliding on its receiving surface, is an integral part of our body's movement. It is also commonly involved in running conditions, flexion, squatting-type occupations, and is recognized as the earliest site of arthritis development in age-related populations. If you're experiencing difficulty on stairs, kneeling, and squatting, accompanied by swelling, it may be a sign of patellofemoral problems.

Treatment of patellofemoral problems typically is conservative using various orthopaedic measures to control inflammation and restore function. Some of the most common treatments include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and strengthening exercises. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace damaged tissues.

The best course of action is to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and proper nutrition, can go a long way in reducing your risk of patellofemoral joint injuries. Wearing appropriate footwear and using proper form when engaging in physical activity can also help to prevent injuries.

If you are experiencing patellofemoral joint pain or discomfort, don't wait to seek medical attention. Early intervention is key to successful treatment and prevention of further damage. Consult with your doctor or orthopaedic specialist to determine the best course of action for your individual needs.

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