Patellofemoral pain syndrome is the most common cause of knee pain seen by doctors. It's common in people who participate in sports, especially women and young adults.

The most common symptom is knee pain that increases with stair climbing or squatting movements.

The primary treatment is rest. Pain relievers or physical therapy also can reduce pain.

A condition in which the cartilage under the kneecap is damaged due to injury or overuse

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

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Cases per year

More than 3 million US cases per year

Treatable by a medical professional

Requires a medical diagnosis

Lab tests or imaging rarely required

Medium-term: resolves within months

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