The good news is that with the right chiropractic care, you can see major improvements and get free from the pain.
What You Need To Know About Knee Pain
Although anyone may be affected, it is often the result of overuse of the knee in sports that require jumping or running so it is sometimes referred to as "Runner's knee".
Since PFPS is the most common cause of knee pain in the general population, you should be aware of it. It is estimated that 25% of adults are affected.
One of the most common causes of PFPS is an imbalance between the muscles that help to guide your kneecap in its V-shaped groove at the end of your thigh bone.
Misalignment of the kneecap (patella) is often caused by issues in the hip and foot, especially gluteal muscle weakness or flat feet.
PFPS produces a dull pain behind the kneecap. It is aggravated by:
- prolonged walking
- stair climbing
- arising from a seated position.
The pain is often worse when walking downhill or down stairs. Longstanding misalignment can cause damage to the cartilage, which results in popping, grinding or giving way.
Initially, it is important for you to minimize activities that provoke your pain, especially running, jumping and activities that stress you into a "knock-kneed" position. Don't allow your knees to cross in front of your toes when squatting.
Some athletes may need to modify their activity to include swimming or bicycling instead of running.
One of the most important things you can do to help realign the patella, alleviate pain, and avoid recurrence is to do your home exercises regularly. The use of home ice or ice massage applied around your kneecap for 10-15 minutes, several times per day may be helpful.