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Patellofemoral pain is the medical term used when pain occurs at the front of the knee, around the patella (kneecap), without signs of any damage or other problems in the knee joint.

It is also called patellofemoral pain syndrome or patellofemoral syndrome.

What is the patella?

Cross-section of the knee showing the patella (020.jpg)

The patella is the kneecap bone. It lies within the quadriceps tendon. This large tendon from the powerful thigh muscles (quadriceps) wraps round the patella and inserts into the top of the lower leg bone (tibia). The quadriceps muscles straighten the leg. The patella acts like a fulcrum to increase the force of the quadriceps muscle.

The back of the patella is covered with smooth cartilage. This helps the patella to glide over the lower part of the thigh bone (femur) when you straighten your leg.
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