Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is nicknamed “jumper’s knee” or “runner’s knee” because it commonly occurs on people who are active in sports, but it can happen to anyone. This condition brings pain that can cause difficulties in performing daily activities.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) describes this syndrome as pain felt in the bone and soft tissues on the kneecap area. Among these soft tissues are the lining of the synovial tissues of the knee joint, the fat pad under the patella (kneecap), and the tendons in and around the knee area.
Some cases of patellofemoral pain involves chondromalacia patella. It is a condition where the cartilage beneath the kneecap suffers from abnormal softening and is the most widespread cause of persistent anterior knee pain.