Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
The vast majority of people – as high as 90 percent – recover fully from patellofemoral pain and are able to resume their previous activities. Most active people respond to nonsurgical treatments. Surgery is considered only in rare cases when patients haven't experienced relief from rest, use of a brace and physical therapy.
If your kneecap isn't tracking properly, your doctor will prescribe a well-supervised physical therapy program lasting six weeks to six months, depending on the degree of misalignment. You'll learn specific movements for strengthening the knee, hamstring and calf muscles, and to prevent recurrence of the problem, you'll probably need to continue doing these exercises for life.
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.
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