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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)

Dec 16, 2023

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)

Dec 16, 2023

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, commonly abbreviated to PFPS, is pain in and/or around your kneecap (patella). It often arises from running and jumping activities, hence, commonly referred to as “runner’s knee”.

Common Symptoms

  • Pain at the front and/or around your knee
  • Worsening pain during/after activity
  • Pain when going up stairs and/or squatting
  • Pain after prolonged periods of sitting

 

Risk Factors

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How can physio help?

Your physiotherapist will complete a detailed assessment to find the underlying cause leading to the PFPS. Treatment will look to target findings from the assessment.

  • Muscular imbalances – PFPS is commonly caused due to weak quadriceps (front of thigh) and gluteal muscles. These can be targeted through appropriate exercise prescription.
  • Compensatory movements – target through appropriate strengthening and stretching to avoid overloading soft tissue structures in certain areas.
  • Training routine – analysing your current training routine to identify if the appropriate gradual progressive intensity is in place
  • Weight loss – often excess weight can increase pressure on the knees
  • Appropriate footwear – identify if you are using the right shoes and if orthotics are required
  • Warm up – practicing efficient warm up techniques to target specific structures involved in running

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