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
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* Stress due to improper exercise.
* Weakness of the vastus medialis.
* Poor biomechanics or existing
* 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.