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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Treatment depends on the specific problem causing the pain.
Stretching - If the soft tissues (retinaculum, tendon or muscle) are the source of the pain, stretching, particularly in the prone (face down) position, can be very helpful.
Strengthening and supporting the knee - Other treatments may involve
Using ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can also be helpful. It is often necessary to temporarily modify physical activities until the pain decreases.
Avoid activities which could make knee pain worse.
Surgery – In more extreme situations, a specific surgical procedure may be needed to help relieve the pain.
Preventing patellofemoral pain
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