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At Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy, our orthopedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of knee injuries, including patella-femoral syndrome. Patients in the Baltimore region seek the expertise of our orthopedic specialists to help them find the best treatment for their knee pain.
Patello-femoral syndrome occurs when the patella (kneecap) does not move fluidly in the groove of the femur (thigh bone). Pain results when the knee is flexed or extended. Patello-femoral syndrome commonly is seen in adolescents and young adults as well as athletes. Patello-femoral syndrome can be caused by:
The main symptom of patella-femoral syndrome is a dull pain in front of the knee, especially when using stairs, kneeling or squatting. Grinding and clicking of the knee are also symptoms of patella-femoral syndrome.
Orthopedic specialists diagnose patella-femoral syndrome by examining the knee by pressing on the knee and moving the leg in different directions. X-rays, CT scans and MRIs may be conducted to view the kneecap bone and tissue.
Patello-femoral syndrome treatment options include:
In very rare cases, when the tilt of the knee cap affects its tracking or when articular cartilage of the knee cap has been severely damaged, surgery is considered as a treatment option for patella-femoral syndrome.
The top rated orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, offer innovative joint, hip and knee preservation, replacement and treatment options for conditions, including avascular necrosis, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, AC ligament tears, MCL and ACL ligament tears, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. Doctors at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement were among the first in the region performing MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing, minimally invasive knee replacement and anterior approach hip replacement. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named a Best National Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.
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Dr. Kamala Littleton specializes in joint, hip and knee replacement and reconstruction including anterior hip replacement, MAKOplasty® knee resurfacing, minimally invasive total knee replacement and ACL reconstruction.
A Mercy patient tells of her experience with a total knee replacement - one that went so well she later returned to Mercy to have the other knee replaced as well.