What is Patellafemoral Joint Pain?
Patellafemoral Joint Pain, also known as PFJ Pain or Runner’s Knee, is described as a dull ache behind the knee cap. It can occur in people of all ages, but is particularly common in runners and female gym-goers who perform a lot of squats and lunges.
Signs & Symptoms
What causes Patellafemoral Joint Pain?
Normally when the knee bends, the kneecap (Patella) glides straight up and down within a groove on the thigh bone (Femur). Patellafemoral Joint pain occurs when the kneecap starts to glide incorrectly, called mal-tracking, which can cause the back of the knee cap to rub on the thigh bone. This repetitive rubbing causes the pain felt behind the kneecap, which can lead to degenerative changes and arthritis.
A number of factors that may increase your risk of developing Patellafemoral Joint pain, including:
A comprehensive assessment from your expert Spine & Sports Physiotherapist is essential to identify which of these factors is causing your knee pain, and to help you return to an active lifestyle free of pain or injury.
How can we help?
Is your knee pain stopping you from running like you use to? Are you worried you will soon have to give up training all together? Research shows that physiotherapy is proven to be an effective way of treating Patellafemoral Joint Pain.
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