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Patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner's knee)

What is patellofemoral pain syndrome?

Symptoms: what are the signs?

Causes: why has this happened?

Treatment options: treatments to suit you

Treatment options: self help

Treatment options: medicines

Treatment options: physiotherapy

Treatment options: surgery

More information from Bupa Knee Clinic

    • Anterior knee pain. PatientPlus. patient.info/patientplus, last checked 23 June 2015
    • Patellofemoral pain syndrome. OrthoInfo. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. orthoinfo.aaos.org, last reviewed February 2015
    • Anterior knee pain. Brukner & Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine (5th ed, online). McGraw-Hill Medical. csm.mhmedical.com, published 2017
    • Patellofemoral pain syndrome. BMJ Best Practice. bestpractice.bmj.com, last updated November 2017
    • Knee pain – assessment. NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries. cks.nice.org.uk, last revised August 2017
    • Sprains and strains. NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries. cks.nice.org.uk, published March 2016
  • Reviewed by Pippa Coulter, Freelance Health Editor, April 2018
    Expert reviewer Elisabeth Morgans, Bupa Physiotherapist
    Next review due April 2021

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