When you have an injury to your knee, everyday life becomes difficult and frustrating.
Not only does life slow down but the pain could worsen and affect your health drastically in a short period of time. With the right chiropractic care, patients are able to experience major improvements and their pain and injuries in the past.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Knee Pain Is Often Due To Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS).
It's a big medical word that describes a painful irritation of the cartilage behind your kneecap.
Although anyone may be affected, it is often the result of overuse in sports like running and jumping so it sometimes referred to as "Runner's knee". The reason why you need this information now because PFPS is one of the most common causes for knee problems among adults and affects about 25% of people worldwide.
Why You're In Pain
PFPS can often be attributed to an imbalance between your kneecap and the muscles that help guide it. When they are misaligned, pain will result in swelling eventually leading to arthritis. This is usually linked back to problems with the hip or foot such as weakness of gluteal muscle or flat feet respectively.
PFPS is caused by prolonged walking, running, squatting and jumping.
If left untreated it can damage cartilage which will lead to popping noises in the knee along with clicking sounds during motion.
The pain worsens when you are going down stairs or hills while walking. Symptoms include a dull ache behind the kneecap that gets worse with movement such as climbing up stairs or coming out of long sits at your desk job. PFPS stands for patellofemoral pain syndrome where "femoral" means relating to women's pelvic bones because this condition occurs more frequently among females than males (we don't need all those details).
What We Do
Initially, it is important for you to minimize activities that provoke your pain, especially running, jumping and activities that stress you into a "knock-kneed" position. Don't allow your knees to cross in front of your toes when squatting.
Some athletes may need to modify their activity to include swimming or bicycling instead of running.
Performing your home exercises consistently is one of the most important things that you can do to help realign the patella, relieve pain and prevent a recurrence. The use of home ice or ice massage applied around your kneecap for 10-15 minutes, several times per day may be helpful.
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