Heath and Wellness

All About Runner’s Knee (Patello Femoral Pain Syndrome)

Runner’s Knee - BodyMend Wellness Clinic Brampton

By: Himja Upadhyay, Registered Physiotherapist, January 2015

Knee pain is one of the most common symptoms experienced by athletes and non-athletes.

Patello Femoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is the pain in front of the knees. The patella is the moving part; it glides up and down in a groove in the (femur) thigh bone. The pain is caused by pressure between the patella and the groove of the femur.

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Patellofemoral pain syndrome may be caused by overuse, injury, excess weight, weak/tight muscles, a kneecap that is not properly aligned, or changes under the kneecap.

Symptoms of Runner’s Knee

The main symptom of patellofemoral pain syndrome is knee pain, especially when sitting with the knees bent. For example, when watching a movie, squatting, jumping, or using the stairs (especially going down stairs).

You may also experience occasional knee buckling, in which the knee suddenly and unexpectedly gives way and does not support your body weight. It is also common to have a catching, popping, or grinding sensation while walking or moving the knee.

Causes of Runner’s Knee

  • Muscle imbalances (tight muscles/ weak muscles)
  • Structural differences in female compared to male because they have wider pelvis
  • Patellar gliding/tracking problem
  • Sometimes idiopathic/unknown cause
  • Improper training
  • Problems with feet
  • Direct trauma to knee

First Aid Care for Runner’s Knee

In the case of pain and discomfort behind the patella/ knee cap there is no immediate first aid to be administered; however the individual may gain some comfort from rest, ice, and elevation.

You should seek advice of a healthcare practitioner to find out the cause of the problem and get it treated. In some cases, physiotherapy is needed to strengthen and improve flexibility in the knee.

>> If you have any questions or concerns or if you want to know more about knee conditions and treatment please contact at our Brampton knee pain clinic at 905 456 8196.

Serving patients in Brampton.

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