A Fix For The Most Common Cause of Knee Pain
Runner’s Knee is the common term for a condition called Patellofemoral Knee Pain Syndrome – a maltracking disorder of the kneecap on the underlying tibia and femur. This maltracking is one of the most common causes of pain at the front of the kneecap, which is often triggered by activities including climbing stairs, kneeling, walking and running. Other symptoms can include popping and grinding sensations around the knee – especially below the kneecap – and pain with extended periods of sitting.
During normal motion, your kneecap glides within a grove in your femur. As your knee bends, pressure is naturally applied to this groove from the backside of the kneecap.
In Runner’s Knee, a number of contributing factors cause the kneecap to be pulled slightly to the side of this ‘optimal groove’, making it rub against the femur. Then, during repetitive motions such as walking, running and climbing stairs this causes irritation on the surfaces at the back of the kneecap.
In some cases, a condition called chondromalacia patellae may also be present. This refers to a softening and breaking down of the cartilage on the underside of the kneecap if this condition continues for a long time. This can lead to inflammation of the synovium and pain in the underlying bone.
Move Physiotherapy Fremantle are experts in quickly and effectively treating both chronic and acute knee injuries. Through assessment of the biomechanics of the knee, identification of muscle imbalance or loss in joint motion, the cause of your knee pain can be accurately diagnosed. Your physiotherapist will work with you to restore range of movement, muscle length and strength and thereby improve your pain and function of your knee joint.
Paramount in the rehabilitation of knee injuries, Move Physiotherapy can offer a number of manual therapies including massage and dry needling in addition to supervised exercise rehabilitation, utilising our fully equipped rehabilitation gymnasium.