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Patellofemoral Knee Pain

Patellofemoral Knee Pain

Patellofemoral knee pain is one of the most common disorders of the knee. It is caused by mal-tracking of the patella (kneecap) as you bend and move your leg. This incorrect positioning results in irritation and inflammation behind the patella which causes pain.

Patellofemoral pain occurs as a result of:

  • Muscle weakness of:
    • Gluteal group
    • Quadriceps
    • Hamstrings
  • Knee valgus (“knock-knees”)
  • Tight structures:
    • TFL and ITB (band of tissue on the side of your thigh)
    • Quadriceps
  • Pronated foot position (flat feet)
Midland Physiotherapy Patellofemoral Knee Pain

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain located behind or around the kneecap
  • Pain with:
    • Repetitive loading e.g. jumping, running, stairs, cycling, squatting etc.
    • Prolonged sitting
  • Feeling of warmth in the kneecap +/- swelling
Midland Physiotherapy Patellofemoral Knee Pain

Treatment and management is dependent on the individual’s presentation and may include:

  • Strengthening exercises
  • Taping
  • Soft tissue release
  • Load management
  • Stretches
  • Movement analysis and correction
  • Recommendation of specific footwear or orthotics

Our therapists at Midland Physiotherapy can help you to achieve your goals and build a happier, healthier body. Ring today 9274 1482


Midland Physiotherapist Sal Pillai

Sal Pillai


Sal’s clinical objective is to provide a personalised and up-to-date approach to treatment that is centred around the individual’s goals.In his spare time, Sal enjoys playing soccer, squash, Muay Thai and going to the gym.

Special Interests:

  • Spinal Pain
  • Ankle Conditions
  • Shoulder Conditions
  • Sport-related Injuries