April Newsletter - Patello-Femoral Knee Pain

Suffers are commonly heard to say:

 

"My knees crackle and crunch when I squat down!"

"I get pain in my knees climbing up and down stairs!"

"My knees hurt when I stand up after watching a movie!"

 

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, there is a good chance you are suffering from patello-femoral knee pain (knee cap pain!).

The most common problem occurs when your kneecap does not track evenly through its groove at the front of you knee joint. This can cause inflammation and pain under the knee cap.

The “maltracking” of the kneecap may be a result of poor control around the hip joint (gluteals) and lack of “core” stability, poor foot posture or flat feet, muscle tightness or imbalance around the knee or hip, wear and tear or a combination of any of these factors.

The problem can occur at any age, but is most commonly seen in young women (especially teenage girls), in active individuals, and post knee surgery or injury.

Treatment involves:

  • Settling the pain with initial treatment – hands on physio, ultrasound, and exercises.
  • Releasing the over-active muscles (dry needling and deep tissue massage)
  • Taping to support the patella (knee cap)
  • Specific exercises to optimize strength and co-ordination of the lower leg

The entire process is essentially pain free and may not require any time away from your normal sport-exercise program.  

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