Patients with patellofemoral syndrome experience knee pain that is worse when the knee is bent, such as while sitting, using stairs or jumping. A buckling or popping sensation within the knee, as well as feelings of tightness or fullness, is also possible.
In order to diagnose patellofemoral syndrome, your doctor will perform a medical exam and imaging tests such as an x-ray or MRI to visualize the tissue within the knee and rule out structural damage as the cause of pain.
Customized physical therapy exercises, including stretching to improve flexibility and relieve tightness, may also be utilized. More severe cases may require surgery, but this is considered rare. Your doctor will determine the most appropriate treatment option for your individual condition.