Mississauga Chiropractor Presents: Student Review of Patellafemoral Syndrome

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 Here’s another blog by a Co-op Student of aMississaugaChiropractor…

Patellafemoral Syndrome



  • Abnormal patellar “tracking” toward the lateral (outer) side of the femur
  • Under the surface of patella grate along femur causing chronic inflammation and pain


Signs and Symptoms:

  • Anterior knee pain
  • Pain worsens going up and down steps and sitting for long periods of time


Muscles/ Joints Affected:

  • Quadriceps muscles


Treatment/ Management:

  • Knee- stabilizing exercises coupled with orthotic support
  • Knee bracing at the patellar tendon may relieve acute discomfort
  • Taping to pulll patella in desired direction


Rehab Exercises:

Standing Hamstring Stretch

  • Heel of injured leg on stool
  • Keep knee straight
  • Lean forward behind hips until you feel mild stretch in the back of your thigh hold for 15- 30 seconds and repeat 3 times.


Side Laying Leg Lift

  • Lying on uninjured side tighten front thigh muscles on your top leg and lift 8-10 inches away from your other leg
  • Keep leg straight and lower slowly. 3 sets of 10



  • Younger people often recover more rapidly
  • Geriatic much slower and often limited recovery
  • Poor recovery if trauma/ repeated wear has denuded a significant area of articular surface


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