Recovery from patellofemoral pain can
be a long process. Non-operative recovery usually takes six weeks or more. Sport activities
that heavily load the knee should only be resumed very gradually and
cautiously. To reach pre-injury activity level, the patient must build
greater strength and flexibility in the muscles around the knee than
existed before the injury. By maintaining a high level of fitness,
the patient will reduce the likelihood of re-injury.
Recovery after surgery for patellofemoral pain syndrome can take even longer than recovery from non-operative treatment. The patient should expect:
Crutch use, usually necessary for one to three weeks after surgery
Two to three months of healing and rehabilitation
A gradual return to desired activities that usually take between three and six months.