Yes. Patellofemoral dysfunction is best treated non-surgically. Physiotherapy is the mainstay of treatment. The aim of physiotherapy is to assist in strengthening the thigh muscles, stretching the tight soft tissues and correcting other factors above and below the knee that contribute to the condition. The knee may be taped into the correct position to assist the knee cap to move more efficiently in the groove on the thigh bone. Although this physiotherapy program is very effective, it needs to be followed diligently for full recovery which may take more than 6 weeks.
Other non surgical treatments include ice packs and anti inflammatory medications to treat the symptoms of swelling and inflammation. The goal of treatment is a return to a desired level of activity without pain. Most patients need to refrain from activities that exacerbate the knee pain until strength and flexibility have improved. As symptoms resolve, return to normal sports is encouraged.