According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the most common orthopedic condition is the knee, especially in sports where strenuous use of the knee is frequent. Surgeons treat more than 5.5 million people for knee injuries every year, including Chondromalacia Patella, also referred to as “runner’s knee.”
A common indicator of runner’s knee that may mean you are suffering from the condition is pain or tenderness near the kneecap at the front of the knee. Severe knee injuries typically include bone bruises or damage to the cartilage or ligaments. For this reason, it is essential to get a knee injury seen by a physical therapist as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing runner’s knee or think you might be, don’t hesitate to contact Wellspring Health Center today. We will help you find relief so you can get back in the game!
What is Chondromalacia Patellae?
Chondromalacia Patellae, or “runner’s knee,” refers to a weakening or deterioration of the cartilage beneath the kneecap, which may result from an improper alignment of the kneecap, leading to the femur moving abnormally.
Chondromalacia Patellae can develop from improper form during sports or result from physical differences in the body. For example, “flat-footed” people are predisposed to conditions such as Chondromalacia Patellae because the lack of arches in their feet may affect their whole kinetic chain in the lower body. Women might be at a higher risk for developing Chondromalacia patellae because they tend to have wider hips. These anatomical differences can affect the lower extremities.
Common symptoms of Chondromalacia Patellae include:
- Discomfort in or around the knee, especially when running, jumping, climbing, descending stairs, or sitting for prolonged periods.
- Tightness in the knee.
- Swelling of the knee.
- “Grinding” sensations when moving the knee, especially with bending and straightening of the joint.
- “Clicking” sounds in the knee.
Find relief today
If you are living with runner’s knee, it is possible to find relief. Our Eden Prairie, MN physical therapists at Wellspring Health Center will help you get back to normal with therapeutic stretches and strengthening exercises. As your physical therapist deems fit, they may add additional services to your treatment plan. Contact us today at Eden Prairie, MN to learn more!