More on the other Runner's Knee (PFPS)

Pain on the front of the front side of the knee after activities like running or biking is likely the other type of runner's knee called patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) also know as patellar tendinitis / patellar tendonitis or jumper's knee. Like most running injuries, PFPS is a connective tissue (fascia) injury. PFPS is an irritation of the tendon that attaches the patella (kneecap) to the tibia (shin bone).

PFPS is often an overuse injury that comes on after a sudden increase in mileage or pace of running, biking, hiking, jumping, etc. without sufficient rest and recover. Other factors may include running technique, weak muscles, tight muscles, tight connective tissue (tendons / ligaments), excessive downhill running, predisposed genetics, shoes, and previous injuries.

The causes of PFPS are very consistent with IT Band Syndrome. Click here to see causes of IT Band Syndrome.

In his article titled, "Rehabilitation for Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper’s Knee) and
Patellofemoral Syndrome (Chondromalacia patella)," Brett Sanders, MD discusses PFPS and a related condition that includes cartilage damage called Chondromalacia Patella. Click here to see the full article.

In his article titled, "Patellar Tendonitis and Running: Symptoms, Causes and
Research-Backed Treatment Options," John Davis discusses treatment options for PFPS. Click here to see the full article.

In his article titled, "Runner’s Knee," Dr. Austin L. Sedicum summarizes symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment of PFPS. Click here to see the full article.


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