Patellofemoral pain syndrome, commonly known as “runner’s knee”- is irritation of the knee cap on the thigh bone. It is the most common form of knee pain, described as a dull ache behind or at the top of the knee cap. Runner knee tends to affect the younger population, recreational runners, those that do a lot of knee bending, and women are said to be twice as likely to suffer from patellofemoral pain syndrome. This is due females having wider hips, which in turn increases the angle of the thigh bone to knee.

So, what symptoms may you be experiencing? Runner’s knee tends to be a dull to sharp pain, sudden onset, which is chronic and ongoing. Patellofemoral pain syndrome usually disappears when running and returns after running. The pain can also present as a tenderness around the knee cap or behind the knee. You may hear some “cracking” or a “pop”, and swelling may be present when aggravated. 

What are the main causes of runner’s knee- Front knee pain? 

  • Poor tracking of knee 
  • Muscle imbalance- weak quadriceps, tight hamstrings/ calf
  • If the patella- kneecap is larger on outside to inside
  • Kneecap sitting too high up  
  • If your patella/ kneecap dislocates easily
  • Worn articular knee joint cartilage
  • High arched feet, flat feet, hypermobile feet
  • Knees that turn in or out
  • Repetitive forces of running
  • Overuse or a  direct blow to knee

Runner’s knee is most commonly aggravated by walking up or down steps, hills or on an uneven track. Squatting and periods of prolonged sitting. Also called movie-goers knee. After sitting for long periods at the movie’s you get pain in knee when getting up out of the chair after.

How can you avoid or prevent patellofemoral pain syndrome? 

Firstly you could run on a softer surface. Do not increase the distance you run by more than 10% per week. If you intend on increasing a hill program, ensure it is gradual and paced.
 Wearing appropriate footwear is incredibly important. Strengthening quadriceps, and stretch hamstrings and calves. Upon the onset of knee pain- decrease the distance you run, avoid bending motions through the knee, and going down stairs or slopes.

If you have knee pain, don't wait - visit Lakeside Chiropractic in Perth now for a full assessment. The chiropractors here will examine your knee and reach a concise diagnosis, and provide the most appropriate care. Lakeside Chiropractic provides a multimodal approach, this includes- Soft tissue therapy, joint mobilisation, rehabilitative exercises and stretches, activity and training advice will be given by our chiropractors to ensure pain is reduced and education on technique and postural correction as a preventative measure. Dr Schiller has a post graduated Sports science diploma.

Lakeside Chiropractic is central to the northern suburbs of Perth located in the City of Joondalup. If you are in the surrounding suburbs such as Yanchep - 6035, Tapping - 6065, Carramar - 6031, Currambine - 6028, Wanneroo 6065, Heathridge - 6027, Edgewater - 6027, Gnangara - 6077, Mullaloo - 6027, Padbury - 6025, Kingsley - 6026, Woodvale - 6026, Banksia Grove - 6031, or Duncraig - 6023 please come and see our friendly chiropractors. They can further discuss the benefits of chiropractic for your knee pain.

You can contact us on 9300 0095, or visit our website www.lakesidechiro.com.au to make an inquiry or booking.

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