Medical Definition: Pain associated with maltracking of the patella (kneecap). Can lead to subluxation or chondromalacia.
Causes: Any activity that causes repetitive strain to the knee area, such as excessive running. Improper foot biomechanics (pronation) may also strain the knee, effecting the tracking of the patella.
Symptoms: Dull ache in front of knee. Pain under and around patella, especially when walking up stairs. Often accompanied by crepitus (grinding, clicking). Buckling or locking of knee may occur.
Recommended Treatment: Reduce activity to promote healing. Ice knee area pre or post activity to reduce inflammation and pain. Strengthening and stretching exercises are advisable under the advise of a medical professional. Wearing a knee support may reduce strain to area. As with any orthopedic injury, a consultation with a medical professional is recommended.