Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is a common cause of pain or discomfort around and behind the patella (kneecap). When the knee bends or straightens, the knee cap glides in a special groove on the thigh bone called the ‘patellofemoral groove’, controlled by the quadriceps (thigh) muscles. However, for several reasons it may stray from this path (usually towards the outside of the knee). This is called Patellofemoral Maltracking and produces abnormal stresses on the under-surface of the patella that can cause knee cap pain.
Osteopathy can help with this painful condition. Stretching of the hip, hamstring, calf and iliotibial band may help restore proper biomechanics. Furthermore, the use of a foam roller may help to add flexibility. Rehabilitation focuses on restoring the natural balance between the inner and outer quadriceps muscles.