Patellofemoral Pain or Knee Pain

Patellofemoral Pain or Knee Pain

The most common term for the pain in your knee is called patellofemoral pain!  The pain is usually felt in the front of the knee, up and around the knee cap. This knee pain can get worse with more movement, especially when there is a lot of knee range of movement that is required. As the knee moves more, the pain can get progressively worse. The knee joint is a synovial joint and it’s  under the umbrella of a hinge joint because it allows the leg to extend and bend back and forth with minimal side-to-side motion. The knee joint consists of bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and other tissues.

Why does pain develop?

The knee joint can get inflamed or irritated which can result with pain in the front of your knee. This pain can be alleviated short term with resting the area, icing the afflicted spot, usage of anti-inflammatories and possibly taping your knee.  These listed are all short-term solutions and it is important to identify the root cause of the pain in order to fix it. Patellofemoral pain or knee pain is a common complaint for runners, cyclists, people who frequently go to the gym and also those who run a lot in their favorite sports

Why should I book in to see my physiotherapist?

If you have been experiencing knee pain, plus you  have used the stated above techniques to reduce your pain and it is still bothering you after a few days, then call in for an assessment.  It is advantageous that you address the problem early on, as an easy intervention by a physiotherapist can minimize the risk of potential future chronic pain. Your trusted physiotherapist will assess, gather pertinent information to diagnose and determine the root cause for the knee pain this information from your thorough assessment during your first visit. During this first appointment, we will determine the best hands on treatment to ease your pain such as soft tissue mobilizations, soft tissue release, deep tendon friction massage, shock wave therapy, IMS, tracking of and patella, even more treatment options to help you on the road to your recovery. Recovery doesn’t end in the clinic therefore we will also assign you appropriate exercises for your pain relief, give you patient education about your knee pain, educate you on taping the area at home, assign you strengthening exercises, determine the need for proper shoe insert, educate appropriate times to ice or heat the areas will be advised, have discussion of proper positioning of your knee and and determine positioning of you knee to avoid to allow the area to ultimately recover.

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