Patellofemoral Syndrome

Patellofemoral syndrome is a condition that is categorized by pain around the kneecap; also referred to as “runner’s knee”. Although this type of pain can happen to a variety of people, it is most common in people who participate in sports involving running or jumping. A physical therapist in Farmingdale at Farmingdale Physical Therapy East will be able to diagnose the cause for your knee pain and offer you the treatment you may need.

Do I Have Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

A common sign of patellofemoral syndrome is the presence of a dull and achy pain in the front knee region. This pain worsens when participating in activities such as running, jumping, squatting, or climbing stairs because the knee is constantly being bent. Pain may also occur after sitting for extended periods of time. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is most typically seen in young adults as well as female athletes, however, can occur in non-athletes of all ages also.

 

Causes

This condition occurs when there is increased pressure put on the patella, or kneecap, over an extended period of time. The tendons and soft tissues around the knee joint become irritated from this long-term stress, causing pain. The most common reasons for patellofemoral syndrome are:

  • Overuse- intense physical activities, such as running and squatting in sports on a consistent and long-term basis

  • Change In Physical Activity- a sudden change in frequency, intensity, and exercise routine can irritate the tissues around the knee

  • Changes In Footwear/Surface- these changes while playing sports can change the support and stability around your kneecap

  • Abnormal Alignment- the kneecap may be shifting out of place when bent, therefore causing irritation. This may occur because of muscular weakness or improper alignment of the legs.

A physical therapist in Farmingdale at Farmingdale Physical Therapy East can help determine if the cause of your patellofemoral syndrome is due to one of the reasons listed above.

 

Treatments

Physical therapy is the most successful course of treatment for patellofemoral pain syndrome. At Farmingdale Physical Therapy East, a variety of techniques are offered by our team to relieve your pain and get you back to your normal athletic life. Some treatments for patellofemoral syndrome include:

  • Manual therapy

  • Quad and proximal muscle strengthening

  • Ice and leg rest in conjunction with physical therapy exercises

 

A physical therapist in Farmingdale can develop an exercise program specific to your body and lifestyle as well as educate you on proper motioning to avoid further damage. We specialize in sports and orthopedic injuries, therefore, will be able to successfully treat your patellofemoral pain or “runner’s knee.” Make an appointment at Farmingdale Physical Therapy East today!

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