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Runner’s Knee Physiotherapy | Move Physiotherapy Fremantle

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.

runner's kneeMove 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. 

Read below for more information on the pathophysiology of this condition, or follow the link here or at the top of the page to book your physiotherapy appoinotment online today. 

RUNNER'S KNEE: MECHANISM OF INJURY

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.

For more information on the pathophysiology behind the condition, including causes and treatment, click this link to download our E-Book: Your Comprehensive Guide to Diagnosis, Assessment and Management of Patellofemoral Knee Pain.

OTHER COMMON CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN

The following table highlights the many possible diagnoses that may be causing your knee pain. These diagnoses are especially applicable in the case of non-traumatic knee injuries.

Front of Knee PainOuter Knee PainInner Knee PainBack of Knee Pain
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Medial Meniscus Abnormality
  • Osteoarthritis of the Medial Compartment of the Knee
  • Pes Anserinus Tendinopathy
  • Pellegrini Stieda Syndrome

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I Need a Scan Before Attending Physiotherapy?

Your physiotherapist can often diagnose your knee pain without the need for scans such as X-Rays, MRIs or ultrasounds.

However, in some cases – e.g. in the presence of clicking, locking and giving way with meniscal injuries – your physiotherapist can recommend whether a scan is required.

We will never rely purely on your scans to identify your knee pathology. The results of your scans will always be used in conjunction with specific testing around your knee joint to make a diagnosis.

Why Should I Get My Knee Pain Treated at Move Physiotherapy?

At Move Physiotherapy Fremantle, we consider ourselves to be experts in Knee Pain Physiotherapy.

We spend longer with you during your first appointment (60 minutes compared to 30 or 40 minutes at competing clinics) in order to comprehensively assess not only the source of your shoulder pain but also the contributing factors underlying your injury.

We also take the time to understand how your injury is impacting you, and work with you to formulate a plan to get you from pain and injury back to performing at your peak.

Our first appointment always includes treatment, whether this be joint mobilisation, massage, dry needling or simply advice.

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