Sharp or irritating pain along outside of the knee, better at beginning of run but becomes progressively worse, pain often makes you stop running.
Tight or weak hip musculature, bowed legs, overpronation, leg length discrepancy, hard downhill running, excessive speed work, running on banked surfaces, crossover gait pattern.
Rest, stretching, ice, run on soft surfaces, shoes with ample heel support and rearfoot cushioning, strengthening to correct muscle imbalances, adjustment to running form, Astym®, Graston®, Dry Needling.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Deep, dull ache under the knee cap, worse when ascending/ descending stairs, worse with downhill running, stiffness after prolonged sitting with knee bent.
Direct traumatic injury, imbalance of quadricep muscle strength leading to improper tracking of the patella in the trochlear groove, poor flexibility, poor core strength, overuse, excessive pronation, weak hip musculature.
Ice, correct muscle imbalance, taping of the patella (knee cap) to assist with tracking, stretching.
Ways to prevent injury
Listen to your body: Don’t wait until you are in pain; address symptoms early on and get appropriate help
Ice: Has an immediate effect on reducing pain and inflammation
Relative rest: Substitute with activities that do not cause symptoms
Never increase speed or mileage by more than 10% weekly
Listen to your body: PAIN is a message from your body to your brain – DON’T IGNORE!
Don’t try to make up for missed runs/walks
Proper shoe wear/fit
Lower extremities, hip/pelvic muscles, abdominals, and low back are most important
Physical therapists/Occupational Therapists are the movement experts who treat people of all ages and abilities, helping them improve and maintain function and quality of life. Individual treatment plans are created to work towards and achieve a person’s goals to improve their mobility, function, fitness, sports performance, recover from surgery, minimize the need for surgery, and decrease pharmaceutical.
Why Physical Therapy
Despite the nation’s alarming opioid epidemic, a new survey has found that Americans prefer a nondrug approach to pain treatment. The research brief (Americans Prefer Drug-Free Pain Management Over Opioids), released in early September 2017. *The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released opioid prescribing guidelines in March 2016, urging prescribers to reduce the use of opioids in favor of safer alternatives, like physical therapy. In these guidelines, the CDC cites “high-quality evidence” supporting exercise as part of a physical therapy treatment plan for conditions such as low back pain.**
Patients should choose physical therapy when …
The risks of opioid use outweigh the rewards.
Potential side effects of opioids include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping opioid use. Because of these risks, “experts agreed that opioids should not be considered first line or routine therapy for chronic pain,” the CDC guidelines state.
Patients want to do more than mask the pain.
Opioids reduce the sensation of pain by interrupting pain signals to the brain. Physical therapists treat pain through movement while partnering with patients to improve or maintain their mobility and quality of life.
Pain or function problems are related to low back pain, hip or knee osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia
The CDC cites “high-quality evidence” supporting exercise as part of a physical therapy treatment plan for those familiar conditions.
Opioids are prescribed for pain.
Even in situations when opioids are prescribed, the CDC recommends that patients should receive “the lowest effective dosage,” and opioids “should be combined” with nonopioid therapies, such as physical therapy.
Pain lasts 90 days.
At this point, the pain is considered “chronic,” and the risks for continued opioid use increase. An estimated 116 million Americans have chronic pain each year. The CDC guidelines note that nonopioid therapies are “preferred” for chronic pain and that “clinicians should consider opioid therapy only if expected benefits for both pain and function
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