As an expert orthopedic specialist at Empire Orthopaedic and Pain Management Specialists, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Our practice is committed to delivering personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs.

Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome, also known as runner’s knee, is a common knee condition characterized by pain around or behind the kneecap (patella) that worsens with activities such as running, jumping, or climbing stairs. This syndrome typically results from overuse, muscle imbalances, poor biomechanics, or structural issues such as malalignment of the patella within the femoral groove. At Empire Orthopaedic and Pain Management Specialists, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of patellofemoral stress syndrome, offering comprehensive care to alleviate symptoms and improve knee function.

When you experience patellofemoral stress syndrome, it can significantly impact your ability to engage in physical activities and may lead to decreased performance and quality of life. Our team of orthopedic specialists begins the evaluation process with a thorough assessment of your medical history, followed by a physical examination and may utilize imaging studies such as X-rays or MRI to assess the alignment of the patella and identify any contributing factors.

Treatment options for patellofemoral stress syndrome at Empire Orthopaedic and Pain Management Specialists may include:

  • Activity modification: We may recommend temporary cessation or modification of activities that exacerbate symptoms, such as running or jumping, to allow the knee to rest and heal.
  • Physical therapy: Our experienced physical therapists design specialized rehabilitation programs focused on strengthening the muscles around the knee, improving flexibility, correcting biomechanical abnormalities, and enhancing patellar tracking to alleviate pain and prevent recurrence of symptoms.
  • Orthotics: We offer custom orthotic devices or shoe inserts to provide support and stability to the foot and correct biomechanical issues that contribute to patellofemoral stress syndrome.
  • Bracing: We may prescribe a knee brace or patellar stabilizing brace to reduce excessive movement of the patella and alleviate pressure on the knee joint during activities.
  • Taping: We utilize techniques such as patellar taping or kinesiology taping to support the patella and improve its alignment within the femoral groove, reducing pain and improving knee function.
  • Minimally invasive procedures: In cases of persistent or severe symptoms that do not respond to conservative treatments, we may offer minimally invasive procedures such as ultrasound-guided injections or percutaneous needle tenotomy to provide targeted pain relief and promote healing.

Our team of experts will work with you to find the best treatment plan for your needs.

We offer everything from chiropractic care to massage therapy to acupuncture. And our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with the latest technology to ensure you get the best possible care.

Ready to Live a Pain-Free Life?

When you choose Empire Orthopaedic and Pain Management Specialists for your orthopedic needs, you can trust that you’re receiving top-notch care from a team of dedicated professionals committed to helping you live life to the fullest, free from musculoskeletal pain and limitations. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward a healthier, more active lifestyle.