Patellofemoral Syndrome (or runner’s knee) the medical term used when pain occurs at the front of the knee, around the kneecap (patella), without signs of any damage or other problems in the knee joint.
It is also called patellofemoral pain syndrome, patellofemoral syndrome or anterior knee pain.
Overuse of the knee, such as in certain sports – particularly at times of increased training an imbalance in the muscles around the knee and hip – for example, the large quadriceps muscle and the vastus medialis
A combination of an alignment problem and overuse with sports may be the most common reason for getting patellofemoral pain
Weak hip muscles may cause patellofemoral pain by causing the thigh bone to be slightly turned inwards, leading to the patella being pulled slightly to one side
Foot problems may also play a part – for example, where the feet do not have strong arches (flat feet). This makes the foot pronate, which means the knee has to compensate for the inward movement.
Some ways to treat this issue:
Reduce the fascia restrictions along the lateral side via massage therapy
Stimulating type of massage therapy to the vastus medialis to increase blood flow and firing potential
Strengthening vastus medialis- externally rotated leg extensions
Mobilize patella-push it in a medial direction
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