Manage my knee cap pain

This information portal is here to help you manage your knee cap pain.

Pain around the knee cap can often be called many different things. You may have heard the terms, or been told you have “patellofemoral pain“, “chondromalacia patella” or “runner’s knee“. Essentially, all of these names are referring to the same thing and are treated and managed in the same way.

Before we start to show you some information that may help you to reduce or stop you pain, it is important that you understand some of the characteristics of knee cap pain:

This information portal has been developed with input from patients and researchers from La Trobe University’s Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre

The information is not intended to replace consultation with a physiotherapist or doctor. However, you may find that following the information helps you to reduce or stop your pain, or at least help you to manage it better.


Understanding your knee cap pain
Treatment options


Exercise program


Patient stories



These resources are not intended to serve as a prescribed standard of medical care. Standards of care are determined on the basis of all clinical data available for an individual patient and are subject to change as scientific knowledge and technology advance and patterns of care evolve.  These resources have been developed to inform practice and should be considered guidance only.  Following advice on this site will not ensure a successful outcome in every patient, nor should it be construed as including all proper methods of care or excluding other acceptable methods of care aimed at the same results.  The ultimate judgment regarding a particular clinical procedure or treatment plan must be made by the clinician, based on clinician experience, expertise and in light of the clinical presentation of the patient, the available evidence, available diagnostic and treatment options, and the patient’s values, expectations, and preferences.