Patellofemoral pain syndrome Melbourne
Looking for knee pain relief?
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a common condition that affects the joint between the kneecap (patella) and the thigh bone (femur). It is characterized by pain and discomfort in the front of the knee, particularly when bending the knee or walking up or down stairs.
Symptoms of PFPS may include:
- Pain in the front of the knee, particularly when bending the knee or walking up or down stairs
- A feeling of the knee giving out or buckling
- Pain when sitting for long periods of time with the knee bent
- Creaking or grinding sensations in the knee
There are several treatment options for PFPS, including:
- Rest: Avoiding activities that strain or irritate the knee can help reduce inflammation and allow the joint to heal.
- Ice: Applying ice to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and numb the pain.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
- Physical therapy: A MyoActive therapist can use manual therapy, hands on skills to reduce pain and improve blood flow and circulation.
- Orthotic inserts: Shoe inserts or knee braces can help realign the patella and reduce strain on the joint
- Strength and Conditioning the weaker muscle groups surrounding the knee, MyoActive therapists teaching you exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendons around the knee, which can help reduce inflammation and improve mobility.
In addition to these treatment options, there are several tips that can help manage patellofemoral pain:
- Avoid high-impact activities: Running, jumping, and other high-impact activities can put strain on the knee joint. Instead, try low-impact activities such as swimming or cycling.
- Wear proper footwear: Wearing shoes with good support and cushioning can help reduce strain on the knee. Avoid high heels, which can cause the knee to rotate inward and increase strain on the joint.
- Stretch regularly: Stretching the muscles and tendons around the knee can help improve flexibility and reduce strain on the joint.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight can put additional strain on the knee joint. Losing weight, if necessary, can help reduce pain and improve mobility.
- Use good form: When performing activities that put strain on the knee, such as squatting or lunging, be sure to use good form to avoid putting unnecessary strain on the joint.
If you are experiencing persistent knee pain, it's important to see a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. They can help determine the cause of your pain and recommend the most appropriate treatment.
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