What is patellofemoral pain?

Patellofemoral pain is a syndrome which causes pain on the back of your knee cap. Patellofemoral pain is the most common diagnosis in sports medical clinics and a lot of sportsmen suffer from this syndrome. The causes of patellofemoral pain can be injury, flat feet, misalignment of your kneecap, partial  or complete  dislocation, weakness,imbalance or tightness of thigh muscles, and many other causes. The first symptoms of this syndrome are pain in the knee when you are going up or down stairs, squatting, kneeling, and sitting with your knee not straight for a long lengths of time.

Patellofemoral pain caused by knee stress

Patellofemoral pain knee x-ray

The knee is really sensitive and when sportsmen are training or playing a game they put a lot of stress on their knees and because of that they can hurt themselves and cause patellofemoral pain. The syndrome can be the result of irritation of the soft tissues located at most front part of the knee. This syndrome is really common in athletes. This syndrome can cause some other pain in several parts of the body such as in the hips or back.

Treatment for the pain

There are many useful treatments for this pain it is recommended you try some if you want to have a healthy and strong knee, especially if you are an athlete and you want to continue with training and matches. You should do some special exercises if you already suffer from this syndrome. Quadriceps strengthening is commonly suggested by doctors and experts for this syndrome. You can also do some stretching exercises for the calf, hamstring, hip, and iliotibial band. Carrying out these exercises will help you to relax and strengthen your muscles and they will help you cure your knee. Another useful advice and treatment for this syndrome is to give your knee some time to rest after the exercises. Knee activity should be minimal and only when it is necessary. For example, you could go for a walk for one hour and after that you should rest your knee for two or more hours. This will help on the road to recovery.

If your pain is really strong you should take some pain medication, but only if they are prescribed by your doctor. A good home remedy is to put some ice on your hurt knee right after some activity. The ice should stay on the hurt knee for 10 to 15 minutes. While you suffer from this syndrome it might be a benefit to go to physical therapy because you can learn some really good and useful exercises for your knee. Devices such as braces and tape can stabilize the knee and allow you to continue with exercise preventing further injuries to your knee. For this reasons, these devices are used in many physical therapies for all kinds of knee injuries and syndromes. There are so many other useful treatments which can help you fix your knee and have healthier and stronger knees. You can ask your doctor about specific exercises which will help in the recovery of patellofemoral pain syndrome.

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