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Chronic knee pain

Also known as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a syndrome characterized by pain or discomfort seemingly originating from the contact of the posterior surface of the patella (back of the kneecap) with the femur (thigh bone). It is the most frequently encountered diagnosis in sports medicine clinics.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with chronic knee pain, 95% report having knee pain, 47% report having leg pain, and 34% report having knee swelling. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of chronic knee pain are knee pain, knee swelling, knee stiffness or tightness, and knee weakness, although you may still have chronic knee pain without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with chronic knee pain often receive radiographic imaging procedure, plain x-ray, physical therapy exercises, magnetic resonance imaging, application of splint, examination of foot, other non-or therapeutic procedures on musculoskeletal system and traction; splints; and other wound care .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with chronic knee pain include etodolac, sodium hyaluronate, diflunisal, ethyl chloride topical, salsalate, hyaluronan, flurbiprofen, febuxostat (uloric), black cohosh extract (black cohosh), flurazepam, ethynodiol, choline and gadodiamide (omniscan) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for chronic knee pain include . On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get chronic knee pain.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.2x
5-14 years
0.7x
15-29 years
0.8x
30-44 years
1.2x
45-59 years
1.5x
60-74 years
1.2x
75+ years
0.8x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.3x
Hispanic
0.8x
White
1.0x
Other
0.7x
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