anterior knee pain, chondromalacia patella, knee pain, runner's knee, patellofemoral pain syndrome
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is 1 of the most common causes of anterior knee pain and should be included in the differential diagnosis for anterior knee pain in every patient. PFPS is characterized as an overuse injury. The exact mechanism of injury is still under investigation, but it is believed to stem from maltracking of the patella. PFPS commonly presents in adults who complain of anterior knee pain with activity. This pain can lead to significant disability. When treated appropriately, disability and chronicity can be avoided or reduced.
Original Publication Citation
Nuttall, C. & Winters, B. A. (2015). Understanding Anterior Knee Pain: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, (11)10. 1023-1035
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Nuttall, Craig and Winters, Blaine A., "Understanding Anterior Knee Pain: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome" (2015). Faculty Publications. 5058.
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