Created: August 10, 2017
Scott Freedman, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist;
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Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is a prevalent orthopedic condition diagnosed among physically active adolescents and young adults worldwide. (1) The syndrome is characterized by diffuse anterior knee pain or retro patellar pain exacerbated by activities that load the patellofemoral joint such as running, jumping, squatting, and prolonged sitting with flexed knees. Physical therapists evaluate and commonly provide treatment for patients with PFP, managing pain and restoring patellofemoral function for a full return to sports, occupational, and recreational activities.