The good news is that with the right chiropractic care, you can see major improvements and get free from the pain.
What You Need To Know About Knee Pain
While anyone may be affected, it is most commonly caused by overuse of the knee in sports that involve jumping or running, hence the name "Runner's knee."
The reason why you need to know this is because PFPS is the most common cause of knee pain in the general population. It affects an estimated 25% of adults.
One of the most common causes of PFPS is an imbalance between the muscles that help to guide your kneecap in its V-shaped groove at the end of your thigh bone.
When a misaligned kneecap is flexed and extended repeatedly, it causes discomfort, swelling, and ultimately arthritis.
Misalignment of the kneecap (patella) is often secondary to problems in the hip and foot, especially weakness of your gluteal muscles or flat feet.
PFPS produces a dull pain behind the kneecap. It is aggravated by:
- prolonged walking
- stair climbing
- arising from a seated position.
Rolling downhill or down stairs exacerbates the pain. Damage to the cartilage from long-term misalignment can result in popping, grinding, or giving way.
Initially, it is important for you to minimize activities that provoke 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 activity to include swimming or bicycling instead of running.
One of the most important things you can do to help realign the patella, alleviate pain, and avoid recurrence is to do your home exercises regularly. The use of home ice or ice massage applied around your kneecap for 10-15 minutes, several times per day may be helpful.