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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Signs and Symptoms

The most common symptom of patellofemoral pain syndrome is a dull ache under the kneecap while walking down stairs, squatting or getting up after sitting for a long time. In addition, your knee may catch when bending, and you may experience a painful grating or creaking sensation.

Although many physically active people notice symptoms when starting a new activity or increasing their level of intensity, people who don’t exercise may also experience patellofemoral pain simply doing their daily activities.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.