Runners Knee,Knee Pain,Knees,Knee

By: Meryl Waurich Physiotherapy Practice Germiston Boksburg Benoni Alberton East Rand Gauteng  12-02-2009
Keywords: Health Care, Health Services, Boksburg

Meryl Waurich Physiotherapy Practice Treats Knee Related Problems.Patellofemoral pain syndrome (Runner's Knee) is an inflammation of the patellar tendon in the knee which results in pain and/or discomfort. It is often confused with (but is not the same as) a condition known as Chondromalacia Patellae.This condition is caused by a weakening of the articular cartilage under the patella. The softened cartilage places additional stress on the patella, which results in the patella no longer gliding smoothly across the trochlear groove. The result of this is pain in the anterior knee that is worse with climbing stairs or prolonged sitting. In many cases, the patella appears to "pop" or shift suddenly when the leg is extended..

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    * Stress due to improper exercise.

    * Weakness of the vastus medialis.

    * Poor biomechanics or existing biomechanical problems.

    * Overuse, especially in situations where high stress or weight is placed on the knee.

    * Sitting for excessively long periods of time.

    * Weakness of hip abductors and external rotators. These are endurance muscles; weakness of them often contributes to knee pain in runners as it will pull the knee into excessive valgus due to femoral internal rotation and adduction.


There are some symptoms which may indicate the presence of this condition. It is important to note that none of these symptoms are definitive proof that the condition exists as they can be somewhat vague. It is necessary to see a doctor to determine whether the condition is actually present.

    * Pain in the knee after sitting for an extended period of time.

    * Clicking

    * Pain when applying pressure to the knee, such as when climbing stairs or walking up/down a steep incline.

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