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Patellofemoral Arthritis

Causes, Symptoms, Complications, Preventions and Treatment

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What is Patellofemoral Arthritis?

This condition occurs when the articular cartilage (that is associated along the trochlear groove and on the underside of the patella) wears out and is inflamed. 

Patellofemoral Arthritis: What is Patellofemoral Arthritis, its Causes

What are the causes of Patellofemoral Arthritis?

Causes of patellofemoral arthritis include: 

  • Sports: Running or jumping sports may exert repetitive stress on the knee joint, which in turn causes irritation under the kneecap. This stress on the knees can lead to patellofemoral arthritis. 
  • Muscle imbalances or weaknesses: Patellofemoral related pain may occur when the muscles surrounding the knees don’t keep the kneecaps aligned. 
  • Injury: Any form of injury or trauma to the kneecap, such as a dislocation or fracture, has often been associated with patellofemoral pain syndrome.
  • Surgery: Knee surgery increases the risk of patellofemoral pain.
References: 
  • Patellofemoral Arthritis. HSS. Available at: https://www.hss.edu/conditions_patellofemoral-kneecap-arthritis-diagnosis-treatment.asp Accessed on June 6, 2020.
  • Patellofemoral Arthritis. Knee Pain Explained. Available at: https://www.knee-pain-explained.com/patellofemoral-arthritis.html Accessed on June 6, 2020.
  • Patellofemoral Arthritis. Healio. Available at: https://www.healio.com/news/orthopedics/20120331/patellofemoral-arthritis Accessed on June 6, 2020.
  • Patellofemoral Arthritis: Diseases and Conditions. OrthoInfo. Available at: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/patellofemoral-arthritis# Accessed on June 6, 2020.
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“The content of this publication has been developed by a third party content provider who is clinicians and/or medical writers and/or experts. The information contained herein is for educational purpose only and we request you to please consult a Registered Medical Practitioner or Doctor before deciding the appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.”

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