Patellofemoral pain is located in the knee, resulting in fluctuating anterior (front side) knee pain. Symptoms are aggravated with certain load-bearing activities on the knee, such as squatting, sitting for prolonged periods of time, going up and down stairs, running, and jumping. This can greatly hinder a patient’s ability to function properly in their job, sport, or everyday life.
While PFPS can affect both athletes and non-athletes alike, it is often associated with runners and cyclists, as these sports require repetitive bending movements. For more information regarding PFPS and what you can do if you think you may have developed it, contact Wellspring Health Center today.
How can I tell if I have PFPS?
The onset of patellofemoral pain is often gradual, progressing steadily with inconsistent pain levels. The indeterminate nature of the injury is usually the most difficult to understand, mainly because the dysfunction is a result of repetitive microtrauma caused by the same movement patterns, even when you are not experiencing pain.
While PFPS occurs in the knee, it is usually related to poor hip and/or foot control, which exposes the knee to unmitigated microtrauma and pain. With increased repetition of this poor control, the result will lead to cumulative trauma to the patellofemoral joint surfaces, causing PFPS to develop.
PT treatments for PFPS
Many studies have been done on patellofemoral pain in the past, and physical therapy has always been listed as a safe and effective treatment method. For example, a 2017 study published by the National Institutes of Health, titled “Effectiveness of Manual Therapy Combined With Physical Therapy in Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Systematic Review” used randomized controlled trials to test the efficacy of manual and physical therapy treatments for patients with patellofemoral pain.
The systematic review yielded positive results, verifying that manual and physical therapy treatments did indeed provide success in pain relief and improved function, especially with the strengthening of hip and knee muscles when applied to the full kinetic chain.
As the dysfunction with PFPS is related to faulty movement, the most reliable method of pain relief is through corrected movement within a physical therapy clinic.
Find relief for PFPS today
Our licensed Eden Prairie, MN physical therapists are equipped with the most advanced and effective methods of treatment to aid in your patellofemoral pain recovery. If you are living with this pain, don’t hesitate to contact Wellspring Health Center today at Eden Prairie, MN – we will be sure to get you started on the very best treatment plan for your needs.