Life’s too short to put up with pain.
Treatment of patellofemoral pain depends on the underlying cause. The most important way to improve your condition is rest, rehabilitation or knee bracing. It is important to modify activity. Keeping the knee as straight as possible can help relieve underlying irritation. Physical therapy can help to strengthen the quadriceps muscle and allow your kneecap to track properly. In some cases, surgery can correct the underlying condition and improve support to the knee. Arthroscopy, which involves the use of a small, pencil-sized camera, can be used to smooth fragments of kneecap cartilage. Realigning the kneecap is also an alternative, and this is done by opening the knee and reducing the abnormal pressures on the cartilage.