Knee pain (part 1) by Charles Alexander, DPT, PT
by jessicag, February 19, 2019
One of the most common issues seen with the knee is called patellofemoral joint (or PFJ) pain. Patellofemoral joint pain is one of the most common dysfunctions that affects 25-40% of all knee problems within sports medicine clinics. The particular pain is generally defined as pain located behind or around the patella or kneecap. The most common population that is affected by this disorder are female runners. There are also key signs to consider when trying to determine if you might be experiencing PFJ pain. The most common sign of PFJ pain is called “movie goers” syndrome in which an individual will feel pain in the knee after sitting for too long. PFJ pain is also associated with pain that occurs when going up or down stairs, doing lunges, doing squats, or bicycling. This blog is going to focus on ways to help identify three common contributions to patellofemoral joint pain. Those three primary contributions are postural alignment, weakness and tightness of proximal hip musculature, and repetitive movement dysfunction.
Watch for more information in our next part!