Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Chondromalacia Patella
Are your knees sore when you run or play sport?
Do you dread stairs because your knees hurt going up and down them?
Does it even ache by simply sitting with your knees bent?
‘Runner’s Knee’ or medically called Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Chondromalacia Patella is the number 1 most common injury we see at SA Running Injury Clinic.
It is inflammation caused by mistracking of the knee cap. This mistracking lead to an irritation against the underlying thigh and shin bone.
This mistracking and subsequent inflammation to the underlying structures is caused by:
Weak inner thigh, hip and gluteal (buttock) muscles
Tight outer thigh, hamstring and calf muscles
Feet rolls in/flat feet (pronation)
Previous lower back or pelvic injury
Poor running footwear choices
Poor running technique
Excessive hill/stair use
Treatment for Runner's Knee
Runner's Knee can be a serious problem and can put you months behind in your training. It’s a nasty condition and one that needs to be treated fast once it presents or ideally prevented in the first place. Our patients report they are running for a few kilometers or hit a half time in their sports game and slowly pain at the front of the knee builds up and they can’t keep going anymore. It will be a major issue and will ruin your sporting plan’s if you don’t act early.
At SA Running Injury Clinic we have a 7 part program:
Stretching / Massage / Dry Needling regime for those tight muscles