Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Condition

Treatment for patellofemoral pain syndrome uses osteopathic care techniques that reduce tension, swelling, and stiffness to alleviate pain, loss of function, and lost mobility or range of motion.


Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Treatment in New York City

Patellofemoral pain syndrome treatment includes a range of osteopathic therapies that treat pain, lost function, and reduced range of motion by reducing inflammation, tension, and swelling.

What is Patelloferomal Pain Syndrome?

Patelloferomal pain syndrome is a term that relates to pain around the patella and the front of the knee. This kneecap pain is more commonly referred to as jumper’s or runner’s knee due to its association with athletes. However, it is also a frequent ailment plaguing many non-athletes. Like many other knee conditions, this syndrome is typically caused by overuse, but can also be the result of a misaligned kneecap.

The syndrome involves damage to the bone and soft tissues in the kneecap area, including the pad of fat underneath the patella, the tendons, and the synovial tissue lining the knee joint. It can arise over time from gradual wear and tear or emerge suddenly as the result of a single event. In some instances, the syndrome can be accompanied by cartilage wear around the knee that can exacerbate pain.

According to some experts, patellofemoral syndrome is the single most commonly reported knee pain cause in the United States. Fortunately, non-invasive osteopathic treatment techniques have proven effective in mitigating pain, restoring function, and expediting patient healing.

What Causes this Condition?

There are several factors that can cause this syndrome, including:

  • Repeated and vigorous physical activities, including those that involve jumping, running, squatting, and similar motions
  • Improper exercise techniques
  • Abnormal alignment of the patellar, caused by misalignments in the hips and ankle or muscular imbalances
  • Physical injuries like fractures or dislocation that impact the kneecap
  • Some knee surgeries can increase the risk of patellofemoral pain

In addition to those causal factors, there are factors that can increase your risk of experiencing the syndrome. Age appears to be a factor, with young adults and adolescents more prone to this type of pain. In addition, women are reportedly twice as likely as their male counterparts to experience this pain.

What Are the Symptoms of Patelloferomal Pain Syndrome?

While the most common symptom associated with the syndrome is a dull, aching pain on the front side of the knee, there are other common symptoms as well, including:

  • Increased pain after sitting for prolonged periods of time
  • Pain while walking, running, climbing, or kneeling
  • Increased pain when walking on hard surfaces
  • Crackling or popping sounds in the knee during certain activities
  • Moderate swelling of the knee
  • Progressive loss of strength in the thigh muscles if no treatment is sought

Because these symptoms can be confused with similar knee conditions, it is vital to obtain a proper diagnosis as early as possible.

How We Can Help

Osteopathic care can be an effective way to obtain relief from syndrome pain, restore lost function, and enjoy a speedier recovery. Leonid Tafler, D.O. can provide the care you need, with safe and non-invasive techniques like manual manipulation, osteopathic manipulation stretching exercises, exercise recommendations, and relevant educational resources.


Knee Conditions

Knee conditions include tissue tears, inflammation, and tendon injuries that can cause pain, swelling, infection, loss of mobility and impaired range of motion.

Iliotibial Band SyndromeKnee BursitisMeniscus TearsPatellar TendonitisPatellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Contact Us Today

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact us today to schedule your appointment. We can provide the diagnosis and treatment you need to recover from any serious knee ailment, manage pain and other symptoms, and restore your lost quality of life.

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Treatment Reviews

Margaret Sowa
Margaret Sowa
Hotel General Manager Brooklyn, NY

Through the years, every one treated by Dr. Tafler has had very positive and lasting results. I can't thank him enough for myself, my mom and for every dear person to my heart I sent to him. 🙂 Thank you Doctor! Words can't express what you've done and how many lives have changed. God bless you.

Boris Talis
Boris Talis
Four-time champion of the world in Sambo Combat. Black belt 6th Degree

I am a whole hardheartedly grateful to Dr.Tafler for this timely help in recovering the moving function of my shoulder joint. This helped me a win a gold medal and become the Champion of the world in Sambo combat in Greece 2012. I always tell my collegues and student to turn to the excellent and kind Dr. Leonid Tafler in case of any accident or injury.


Dr. Tafler started working with me though acupuncture, back adjustments and immediately I saw the progress and my pain was less and less with every visit to the doctor. I avoided a surgery thanks to Dr Tafler. I started to enjoy my life again. I am so thankful to the doctor, and have been recommending Dr Tafler to all my friends and coworkers who have back problems and other pains.

Thomas Rayder

Dr. Tafler recommended the OMT under anesthesia procedure. The procedure was performed and alleviated my pain immediately. I avoided surgery and have not had problems with my neck in 7 years now! I am so thankful to Dr. Tafler, the OMT under anesthesia procedure helped me so much!

Elizabeth Blend

Dr. Tafler took me in for a weekend to receive manipulation under anesthesia. Two weeks later I was able to walk without pain. I have been pain free since that moment until today, many years after initial treatment. Without his treatment I do not know if I would have been able to walk at all.

Hugo Barriga

Doctor Tafler, was my savior and there is not doubt he give me my back life; this OMT under anesthesia definitely recommend to everyone, this improve my back and relief a chronic pain. Try this before any aggressive treatment, this was over 5 years ago and I feel splendidly.


Two weeks ago I came to his office. He is a very nice and very pleasant man. I told him about a terrible pain in my back. He gave me two injections and I was able to walk a lot better. I felt myself at my twenties. When I went for the second treatment under anesthesia, I was running up the stairs at my church. All my friends got very happy for me. So, I believe, this man is a hero! If not him, I would not be able to walk!