Patellofemoral pain is a term used to describe a generalized aching or sharp pain located at the front (anterior) of the knee, most often found on the underside of the kneecap (patella). This injury is most often referred to as runner’s knee but can also have other causes and is one of the most common injuries people suffer from; however, Physical Therapy can help through conservative treatment. Physical Therapy is the conservative method of treating injuries, which means surgery is not necessary to get better.
Patellofemoral Pain can present with movements such as:
∙ climbing stairs,
∙ and other activities where the weight is shifting forward onto the knee.
Factors that can lead to this pain can be:
∙ Muscle imbalances in the lower extremity,
∙ past injuries to the knee,
∙ or even incorrect form and mechanics while performing some of the movements mentioned above.
It is essential to live life to the fullest. To do that, we should be doing all the activities we love without pain. There is no better time than the present to invest in your health (yourself) to get you back out doing the things you love, pain-free.
If you are struggling with what you think may be Patellofemoral Pain or any other pain or dysfunction, give our office a call at (985) 869-7221 to schedule an evaluation.