What is Patellofemoral Pain?
The patella or kneecap is a small bone that protects the knee and connects the large thigh muscles to the tibia or shin bone. Patellofemoral pain, which is also referred to as “runner’s knee” or “jumper’s knee”, describes pain near the front of the knee and around the patella (kneecap). Usually, patellofemoral pain is caused by abnormal kneecap alignment and/or overuse. Athletes and active individuals are most at risk; however, anyone can experience patellofemoral pain.
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