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Do You Have Ongoing Knee Pain?

There are many factors that can lead to knee pain, such as joint degeneration, trauma, inflammation, etc. But why may a young athlete with no mechanism of injury start experiencing knee pain? Often the cause is muscular imbalances; tight muscles in one area and weak muscles in another, that put abnormal stress upon the joint.

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common knee related disorders experienced by athletes, particularly young female athletes. Risk factors that may make an individual more susceptible to developing PFPS include:

Tight and shortened thigh musculature
Poor hip strength and stability
Poor tracking of the knee cap
Wide hips
Poor foot alignment and control

Pain is typically experienced in the front of the knee and is aggravated with activities that load or require repetitive use of the knee, such as sports, stairs, running, walking and squatting.

Treatment is non-operative and should address the functional cause of the symptoms. Below are some easy stretches to help maintain proper muscle length and prevent imbalances that may lead to knee pain.

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Hold all stretches for 30 seconds, and repeat 2 times per leg for each stretch. Perform once per day after some physical activity so that your muscles are warmed up and you are sweating.

If these stretches do not improve your symptoms, give us a call at Beddington (403.295.8590) and Jeanine will perform a thorough assessment to determine the functional cause of your symptoms. She can develop an individualized rehabilitation program to address your personal needs and return you to full function, and most importantly get you moving faster and feeling better.

References:
Petersen, W., Gosele-Koppenburg, A., Best, R., Rembitzki, I.V., Bruggemann, G., Liebau, C., (2014) Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. Knee Surg. Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 22:2264-2274
Prins, M., Wurff, P. (2009) Females with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome have weak hip muscles: a systematic review. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 55: 9-15

Blair Schachterle BScPT, Dip Manip PT, Dip Sport PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS

Blair Schachterle BScPT, Dip Manip PT, Dip Sport PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS

Blair has been a Physiotherapist at Nose Creek Sport Physiotherapy since 2001. Blair graduated from the University of Alberta with a BScPT in 1992. He has focused on Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and Sport Therapy. Blair completed his Sport Therapy Diploma in 1997, and his Advanced Manual and Manipulative Diploma in 1998. Blair is also certified for IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) Dry Needling. Blair has a keen interest in active rehabilitation of recent and chronic, spinal and peripheral, joint and muscle injuries. He enjoys treating upper neck pain that is associated with cervical tension headaches, sciatica (pinched nerve in lower back), shoulder injuries and traumatic knee injuries. Blair previously served for 6 years as the Executive Chair of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (CAMPT).

Blair balances his busy professional life by staying active. He enjoys cycling, swimming, working out, hiking, camping and snowboarding, depending on the season. Blair shares his free time with his wife, son and daughter outside on the weekends. He has learned to enjoy the journey, as life really is too short.
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