Chronic Knee Pain
Pain around the kneecap or Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is a common knee condition that encompasses several different injuries. Chondromalacia patellae, patellar tendonitis, and fat pad irritation.
Chondrolmalacia patellae is fraying or damage to the patellar cartilage. Patellar tendonitis is inflammation of the patellar tendon, and fat pad irritation is of the pad underneath and to the sides of the patellar tendon.
These injuries can be caused by increased activity, prolonged sitting, poor biomechanics at the foot, knee, or hip, poor muscle strength or imbalance, excessively tight muscles, patellar malalignment, poor mechanics during activity, change in shoes, or incorrect footwear.
Treatment includes controlling the pain and swelling, stretching, strengthening, and prevention strategies. Ice, anti-inflammatories, avoiding aggravating activities, gradual increase in activity, and proper attention to footwear are all effective treatments in controlling PFPS.
See the attached article for more details about PFPS as well as stretching and strengthening ideas. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
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