Top four activities to avoid with kneecap pain or Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) - Nose Creek Sport Physiotherapy
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Top four activities to avoid with kneecap pain or Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)

Last week Jeanine talked about kneecap pain and how it can sneak up on us. There is often no history of trauma with PFPS as it is a muscle imbalance that results in a mal-tracking of your kneecap in the femoral condyle or the bottom of your thigh bone. The muscle imbalance often pulls the kneecap laterally or towards the outside. This mal-tracking of the patellofemoral/kneecap joint results in extra compression and friction on the outside of the kneecap on it undersurface. If this is left untreated, you can be left with chronic knee pain that will slow you down and limit your recreational lifestyle as well.

If you catch this pain right away, often stretching can alleviate the pain, but if you try the stretches and it does not relieve the pain, you should give us a call to learn the about our strengthening program.

In the short term, here are some tips on what to avoid. You will need to off load the knee joint for 6 weeks by not:

1) Kneeling on the knee directly (e.g.- all fours position on your hands and knees).

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2) Full squats, like a back catcher in baseball.

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3) Open chain resisted quadriceps exercise if you are in the gym doing fitness strengthening.

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4) If you are a running, then you need to stop running hills for 6 weeks or inclines on treadmills.

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If you have tried the stretches, are avoiding these activities and your kneecap pain is not getting better, you need to give us a call at Beddington (403-295-8590), and Jeanine would be happy to help you fully resolve your patellofemoral knee pain.

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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