Understanding Knee Pain

Understanding Knee Pain

Knee pain is usually due to Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) depicts a painful inflammation and irritation of the cartilage behind your kneecap. Although anyone may be affected, it is often the consequence of overuse of the knee in sports that require jumping or running so it is sometimes referred to as "Runner's knee". PFPS is the most prevalent cause of knee pain in the overall population and impacts an estimated 25% of adults. 

Causes Of Knee Pain

One of the most frequent causes of PFPS is an asymmetry between the muscle tissue that helps to control your kneecap in its V-shaped groove at the end of your thigh bone. Regularly flexing and extending a misaligned kneecap leads to pain, swelling and eventually arthritis. Misalignment of the kneecap (patella) is often secondary to difficulties in the hip and foot, particularly weakness of your gluteal muscles or flat feet.

PFPS produces a dull pain behind the kneecap that is aggravated by prolonged walking, running, squatting, jumping, stair climbing or arising from a seated position. The pain is often worse when walking downhill or downstairs. Longstanding misalignment can cause damage to the cartilage, which results in popping, grinding or giving way. 

Relieving Your Symptoms

Conservative care, like the type given in this office, is usually successful at relieving your symptoms. At the start, it is important for you to reduce activities that create 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 exercise to incorporate swimming or bicycling instead of running. 

At Home Treatments

Performing your home exercises consistently is one of the most significant things that you can do to help realign the patella, reduce pain and stop a recurrence. The use of home ice or ice massage implemented around your kneecap for 10-15 minutes, several times per day may be helpful.

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