Patellofemoral Syndrome/ Patellar Tracking Disorder
A condition due primarily to stability of the knee and muscular imbalance, patellofemoral syndrome is the painful degeneration of the articular cartilage of the inside of the kneecap. Symptoms include pain around the patella (kneecap), as well as pain after being seated for an extended period of time. The condition will be aggravated by walking downstairs, running downhill or squatting.
Treatments will look to decrease hypertoned or tight muscles of the thigh that are contributing to the poor tracking of the kneecap. Time will then be spent stretching aggravating muscle groups while strengthening those that are weak.