Your expert-backed plan to kick one of running’s most nagging injuries.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome got its nickname for an obvious and very unfortunate reason: It's common among runners. The stress of running can cause irritation where the kneecap (patella) rests on the thighbone. The resulting pain can be sharp and sudden or dull and chronic, and it may disappear while you're running, only to return again afterward. While biomechanical issues may be to blame, the cause can often be traced back to poorly conditioned quadriceps and tight hamstrings.
Taping is a great way of relieving symptoms of patellofemoral pain by helping to control the position of the patella (kneecap).
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (aka runner’s knee) explained and discussed in great detail, including every imaginable self-treatment option and all the available scientific evidence.
Famous Physical Therapist's Bob Schrupp and Brad Heneick describe the simple test they do to help determine whether or not a patient has Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome- which could be chondromalacia patellae. You can do this yourself.
It doesn’t matter how new or experienced you are at running - injuries don’t discriminate. Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), also known as chondromalacia patella or anterior knee pain, is one of the most common injuries for all kinds of runners. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is an overuse injury, which means that it is caused by repetitive stress to the knee joint without letting it rest or heal.
Almost anyone can get it, but unsurprisingly, patellofemoral pain is most common among runners, cyclists, and other athletes. On the bright side, you are not doomed to be a couch potato as a result of this diagnosis! In fact, exercising and stretching while dealing with knee pain can actually help treat your patellofemoral pain!
Before delving into treatment strategies, let’s discuss what factors can predispose an athlete to the injury.
It’s the most common form of knee pain under the knee cap.
Fortunately you can treat it quite easily with 4 exercises. This treatment is based on the latest research.
Patellofemoral pain affects more women than men and accounts for 20% to 25% of all reported knee pain. Physical therapists design exercise and treatment programs for people experiencing PFPS to help them reduce their pain, restore normal movement, and avoid future injury.
Symptoms are often relieved with conservative treatment, such as changes in activity levels or a therapeutic exercise program.