by Joseph J. Swinfen
TSAC Report April 2019
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a chronic condition described as generalized anterior knee pain that occurs during a multitude of activities, typically becoming worse with prolonged activity (14). Activities such as walking, jogging, squatting, lunging, kneeling, and walking up and down the stairs, along with many others can induce or exacerbate pain. A 2008 retrospective study found that due to PFPS, as many as 74% of adults cease their activity at some level or stop because of this pain (3). Musculoskeletal disorders can unfortunately be a major issue in the military setting. Military personnel encounter a myriad of activities (e.g., physical training, recreational sport and work) that may result in some form of musculoskeletal disorder.
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