- Q: Is it acceptable to play sports, or is this condition too dangerous?
- A: Patients with a history of patellofemoral syndrome who have regained their strength and flexibility are permitted to return to their activities provided that they do not have pain and limping during their activities. A history of catching, locking, or knee effusions may be a sign of further biomechanical intraarticular pathology that should be addressed.
- Q: Is bracing indicated?
- A: Some patients with anterior knee pain respond to neoprene sleeves, and those with a component of increased lateral translation may benefit from neoprene sleeves with lateral patellar supports. Bracing, however, is not a substitute for a strength and conditioning program.
- Q: Is chondromalacia patella the same as patellofemoral syndrome?
- A: No. Chondromalacia is a classification of the anatomic pathologic changes of the undersurface of the patella. Patellofemoral syndrome is the clinical condition encompassing the patient’s history, physical, and radiographic elements of anterior knee pain.
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