Patellofemoral syndrome describes various painful degenerative changes to the articular cartilage at the underside of the patella. The patella is a bone that covers the front of the knee and is surrounded by tendons to stabilize it to the knee. The patella cartilage is the thickest cartilage in the human body. Designed to be almost frictionless, it would be somewhat close to the resistance of being on ice. Cartilage tends to be self-renewing and self-lubricating.
Patellofemoral syndrome or injuries frequently occur in teenagers, manual labourers and athletes. It can also occur due to the wearing down, roughening or softening of the cartilage under the knee.
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