What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome PFPS?

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Patellofemoral syndrome refers to a subsurface variation of the articular cartilage of the patella,resulting in discomfort,pain and inflammation in and around the kneecap (patella). It is also called "Runner's Knee".
Before doing sports, we should warm up and stretch our body completely. When running, wearing supportive shoes is needed and it is best for you to un on soft and flat surface, such  as grass, synthetic track. When doing other sports, using shoe inserts or a knee brace are recommended.
Some people with PFPS have a kneecap that is out of line with the thighbone (femur). Because of muscle weakness, trauma, or another problem, the kneecap may get out of line, or wiggle as it moves along the thighbone. Thus, the kneecap gets injured and this causes the pain of PFPS.
What are the signs of PFPS?
One of my friends most likes to run and bike, which may be the causes of his Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. She often feels pain under and around the knee and the pain often gets worse with walking, kneeling, going up or down stairs. In order to relieve pain, now she limits the activities like running and biking, puts ice or a cold pack on the knee and even often needs to take medicines like ibuprofen or naproxen. She often tells me to take protective measures before doing sports.
Those who need a lot of knee bending and straightening are more likely to get Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, especially someone who do sports, such as running, biking, skiing, etc. It also can happen to women and most often in teens and young adults.
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