Patella and quadriceps tendon problems SUITABLE FOR SPORTS INJURY, AGING KNEE, TRAUMA AND ACCIDENTS AND OVERUSE AND OVERTRAINING
Patella femoral and fat pad pain
What is patellofemoral pain syndrome?
Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a common condition that causes pain and discomfort around the kneecap. It occurs when the patella (kneecap) does not move smoothly in the groove of the femur (thighbone), causing irritation and inflammation of the surrounding tissues. This condition is often caused by overuse, muscle imbalances or problems with the alignment of the patella. In some older adults the patella femoral joint is arthritic which makes the patella femoral joint more prone to becoming symptomatic
What is Hoffa's fat pad syndrome?
What can you do to help yourself if you have patellofemoral pain syndrome or Hoffa's fat pad syndrome?
If you suspect that you have patellofemoral pain syndrome or Hoffa's fat pad syndrome, there are several things you can do to help manage your symptoms and prevent further damage:
- Avoid activities that aggravate the pain.
- Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help manage pain and inflammation.
- Ice massage can help fat pad syndrome.
- Begin a targeted exercise programme to help strengthen the muscles around the knee and improve flexibility.
- Taping can be helpful but requires expertise to apply correctly.
What will happen if you just wait and see how patellofemoral pain syndrome or Hoffa's fat pad syndrome turns out?
If you decide to wait and see how patellofemoral pain syndrome or Hoffa's fat pad syndrome turns out you may delay it settling down. In some cases, these conditions may heal on their own with rest and rehabilitation but other cases may require more extensive treatment. Waiting too long to seek treatment may also result in a more complicated recovery process and longer time away from your usual activities.
Treatment options for patellofemoral pain syndrome and Hoffa's fat pad syndrome
Treatment for patellofemoral pain syndrome and Hoffa's fat pad syndrome will depend on the severity of the injury. In general, treatment options may include:
- Avoidance of activities that are making the knee hurt.
- Seeking advice from a physiotherapist. They may prescribe strengthening exercise and stretches. Taping techniques may be tried.
- Orthotics or advice on footwear can be effective.
- Surgery may be carried out in the small number that fail to do well. In essence the surgery is designed to change the loads on the patella
How I can help if you think you have patellofemoral pain syndrome or Hoffa's fat pad syndrome?
As a knee surgeon, I have experience in diagnosing and treating patellofemoral pain syndrome and Hoffa's fat pad syndrome. I work very closely with physiotherapists to treat this condition. I can help determine the best course of treatment based on the severity of your injury and your individual needs. Depending on the extent of the injury, treatment may include rest, physiotherapy or interventional treatments like corticosteroid injections or surgery. My goal is to help you achieve a full recovery and return to your normal activities as soon as possible.
If you would like my help please get in touch.