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Patellofemoral pain syndrome is pain in the front of the knee. It is caused by overuse, weak thigh muscles (quadriceps), or a problem with the way the kneecap moves. Extra weight may also cause this syndrome.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome can be relieved by avoiding activities that make symptoms worse. Home care, such as resting and icing the knee, may help. A doctor may recommend physical therapy, taping the knee, or using a brace. Surgery may be needed if pain does not go away.
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