Patellofemoral Pain

At Complete Sports Care, we are experts in patellofemoral pain treatment.

Patellofemoral pain (pain around or under the knee cap, or at the front of the knee) is the most common running injury. It is also very common amongst people who are less active. Pain is often experienced during simple daily activities such as sitting, squatting and walking up and down stairs. Patellofemoral pain is a condition that most commonly develops gradually, but can also result following trauma or surgery such as a knee reconstructions, knee arthroscopies and knee replacements. Unfortunately, pain becomes chronic (long term) for many people. This long term pain is attributed to the fact that patellofemoral pain is a condition where the biomechanical causes of symptoms are complex and are different from one individual to the next. In most cases, multiple factors will contribute.

Factors which can lead to patellofemoral pain development include;Patellofemoral pain

  • The structural makeup of the knee and hip
  • Faulty muscle firing patterns of the quadriceps or gluteal
  • Muscle tightness
  • Fascia tightness
  • Faulty foot mechanics (e.g. excessive pronation)
  • Inappropriate footwear
  • Abnormal movement patterns at the hip, pelvis or back
  • Training errors

How do we treat patellofemoral pain?

Considering the causes of patellofemoral pain vary for each individual, a thorough assessment is vitally important to determine the most appropriate management plan. At Complete Sports Care we specialise in the management of patellofemoral pain, providing each individual with an optimal and progressive management plan consisting of education, exercise prescription and physiotherapy.

Our experience

Dr Christian Barton has a wealth of experience in the management of patellofemoral pain, including both sedentary and high level sports individuals. He has published 12 peer reviewed research papers related to aetiology and management of patellofemoral pain. Additionally, Christian remains involved in both national and international research endeavours aimed at improving management of the condition. See some of his publications here.