How long does PFPS take to heal?

How long does PFPS take to heal?

Recovery from patellofemoral pain can be a long process usually taking 6 weeks or more. Sport activities that heavily load the knee should only be resumed very gradually and cautiously.

How is PFPS diagnosed?

How is patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) diagnosed? Your doctor diagnoses patellofemoral pain syndrome with a thorough physical examination. If necessary, your doctor also orders an X-ray to rule out other medical conditions that may cause pain. An X-ray shows damage to the bones and tissues around the knee.

How painful is PFPS?

The most common symptom of PFPS is a dull, aching pain in the front of the knee. This pain—which usually begins gradually and is frequently activity-related—may be present in one or both knees.

What is the fastest way to heal runner’s knee?

To help relieve your pain and speed recovery, you can:

  1. Rest your knee.
  2. Ice your knee to ease pain and swelling.
  3. Wrap your knee.
  4. Elevate your leg on a pillow when you sit or lie down.
  5. Take NSAIDs, if needed, like ibuprofen or naproxen.
  6. Do stretching and strengthening exercises, especially for your quadriceps muscles.

What exercises can I do with patellofemoral syndrome?

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)Rehabilitation Exercises

  • Standing hamstring stretch: Place the heel of your injured leg on a stool about 15 inches high.
  • Quadriceps stretch:
  • Side-lying leg lift:
  • Quad sets:
  • Straight leg raise:
  • Step-up:
  • Wall squat with a ball:
  • Knee stabilization:

How do you sit with PFPS?

Sit with your injured leg outstretched in front of you and the muscles on the top of your thigh relaxed. Take your index finger and thumb and gently press your kneecap down toward your foot. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Return to the starting position.

How do you prevent PFPS?


  1. Maintain strength. Strong quadriceps and hip abductor muscles help keep the knee balanced during activity, but avoid deep squatting during your weight training.
  2. Think alignment and technique.
  3. Lose excess pounds.
  4. Warm up.
  5. Stretch.
  6. Increase intensity gradually.
  7. Practice shoe smarts.

Can I still run with patellofemoral pain syndrome?

Today, however, experts like Greg Lehman, an Ontario-based physiotherapist, advise runners with overuse injuries including PFPS to do as much running as they can within an acceptable pain range.

What can you not do with patellofemoral syndrome?

Treatment of patellofemoral pain often begins with simple measures. Rest your knee as much as possible. Avoid or modify activities that increase the pain, such as climbing stairs, kneeling or squatting.