Patellofemoral pain syndrome

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What is patellofemoral pain syndrome?

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is characterized by knee pain resulting from physical and biochemical changes in the patellofemoral joint. The syndrome is often confused with or accompanied by Chondromalacia patella, which is the pathological condition of the cartilage and not the pain syndrome itself.

Common symptoms reported by people with patellofemoral pain syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with patellofemoral pain syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Loestrin 24 Fe)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Dilaudid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Statex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with patellofemoral pain syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Loestrin 24 Fe)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
mood swings
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Dilaudid)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
excessive yawning itching
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Statex)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
blood pressure decreased fainting
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has patellofemoral pain syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 26
30s 46
40s 47
50s 33
60s 14
70+ 3
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 32
20-29 years 27
30-39 years 16
40-49 years 11
50-59 years 3
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 43
Female 132

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 110
Not Diagnosed 11

These charts show data from patellofemoral pain syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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