What are the possible complications of patellofemoral syndrome (PFS)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Noel F So, MD, FAAPMR; Chief Editor: Consuelo T Lorenzo, MD  more...
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Complications in patients with patellofemoral syndrome may result secondary to the effects of NSAID use. Occasional dermatologic reactions occur due to the brace material. Prescribed exercises rarely result in aggravation of symptoms. If a specific activity is determined to be associated with aggravation of symptoms, then accordingly modify the frequency, duration, and intensity of the activity

Chronic patellofemoral overload and maltracking may predispose to chondromalacia patella

Surgical overcorrection may contribute to maltracking in the opposite direction. For example, overcompensated lateral retinacular release may cause the patella to maltrack medially.

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