Imagine after your cycling race in Austin you get off your bike and “ouch”. Your knee, or both knees are in pain. How could this be? Well something you may be experiencing is PFPS or Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.
What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?
Maybe you have heard the term “runners knee” or “PFPS”. It is a pain felt in the front of the knee. This is due to a misalignment of the knee cap. Vigorous weight bearing activities can cause wearing of the cartilage causing the knee to be misaligned, thus causing irritation of soft tissue at the front of the knee. For inactive people the wearing down may be from walking on steps, hills and uneven surfaces. For cyclists, it happens because the knee has been bent for a long period of time.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptom is pain felt behind the knee cap. It increases with activities like stair climbing and with prolong sitting. Your knee may also feel like it is “locked up” or “catching” .
How do I know if I have Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?
In order to know this you must have a proper diagnosis from your healthcare provider. This is a physical examination along with medical history and maybe an MRI.
What treatments can I do for PFPS?
For immediate SHORT term relief I recommend nonprescription anti-inflammatory drugs such as (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, to help decrease swelling, stiffness, and pain.
Avoiding knee bending exercises like squatting.
At my Chiropractic clinic we do Physiotherapy exercises. Exercises may include stretching to increase flexibility and decrease tightness around the knee, and straight-leg raises and other exercises to strengthen the quadriceps muscle. Kinesio Taping to stabilize the kneecap, and Ultrasound is an excellent option. Custom Foot Orthotics for knee alignment when walking, running , or cycling will be the ultimate long term solution in many cases.