Patellofemoral Knee Pain - what you need to know

?/08/2018

 

Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness in Belfield provides servicing to many near by Inner West suburbs including Belmore, Strathfield and Croydon park. See our weekly blog below if you are interested in new research, facts, general information or ideas.

 

The patellofemoral joint is the joint between the back of the kneecap (patella) and the front of the thigh bone (femur).


What is Patellofemoral Joint Pain ...It is a generic term used for people that have anterior knee pain, more commonly seen in runners. Pain in this area can be caused by a number of structures.
 

For runners, this may be due to ‘overload’. Overload may be a direct result from an increase in training volume or speed, a change in footwear, engaging in more stairs/hills or including more jumping into your training program.

 

Muscles around the hip and knee allow your patella to track smoothly in the joint, if there are imbalances in these muscles, weakness or tightness, your patella may not stay in the right position. If there is a malalignment of the patella over time this can cause wear under the surface of the kneecap. The way you run, squat, or position your body may also affect the way you use your knee.

 

What can physiotherapists do for Patellofemoral Joint Pain … a thorough assessment with us will allow us to narrow down your source and work out the cause of your pain.

Physiotherapy treatment involves manual techniques (joint mobilisations, soft tissue releasing), taping and education. It is likely you will need to incorporate a range of stretches and strengthening exercises to assist in managing your pain. You may also need to adjust your training program that recently incorporated a specific overload.

This information can be used to gain a better understanding of anterior knee pain. To find out more about how we can help your pain, or to book in for a consultation you can contact us via our Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness contact us page, or book online here.

 

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Written by Michael

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