Have you ever suffered from knee pain? You are not alone. In fact, knee pain is one of the most common types of musculoskeletal pains in athletes.
Typically, knee pain present on the front of the knee, under and below the knee-cap (patella), this is commonly referred to as patellofemoral pain or runner’s knee, accounting for 25% of knee pain in most athletes. For example, in a sample of 1500 runners from the SunRun patellofemoral pain was the most common source of runner injury.
The pain can present with many different kinds of activities, some of which are: sitting for long periods, running, jumping, and especially squatting.
What causes knee pain?
There are two general categories of factors that play into knee pain (1) factors below the knee and (2) factors contributing above the knee.
(1) Numerous authors have explored the relationship between excessive or prolonged foot pronation during sports and increased stresses at the knee.
(2) Hip abductors and external rotators of the hip (turn the leg outward) are weak and cannot stabilize the knee and direct forces going through the knee joint appropriately
How do I fix it?
Some evidence-based interventions for patellofemoral knee pain are:
1) Protect, rest, ice, compression, and elevate
2) Manual therapies and soft tissue therapy/acupuncture
3) Hip stability exercises and core stability
4) Kinesiology taping for short term
5) Foot orthotics and knee braces for short term
6) Anti-inflammatory creams such as Traumacare
Patellofemoral knee pain can be difficult to manage, it can become a chronic condition that may fail to respond to conservative care. If you are struggling with consistent or chronic injury consult with a qualified practitioner such as your chiropractor, physiotherapist, or medical doctor.
Be active, be healthy, and be injury free. Cheers! 😊
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