Causes of Knee Pain:
- Medial Ligament Strain
- Lateral Ligament Strain,
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament strain
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament strain
- Chondro-malacia Patella, Anterior Knee Pain,
- Patellar tendonitis
- Oosgoold Schlatters
- Patellar Subluxation
- Pre Patellar bursitis, Housewife’s knee
Do you suffer from painful knee’s /knee?
If so you might have ”Anterior knee pain / Runner’s knee / Chondromalcicia Patella”.
All are basically the same condition, and have symptoms of:
- Pain in the front of knee.
- Pain on stairs / hills, coming down worse than going up.
- Holding the knee in one position for a long time.
- Pain behind the knee.
- Dislike of pressure on the front of the knee.
The cause of this pain is due to friction or irritation between the patella (kneecap) and femur (thigh bone).
Why does it happen?
- If you have flat feet or knock knees then the position of the kneecap will alter.
[ Try this:- Stand and look at your knees, now lift up the instep of your foot. Look at how your knee moves.]
As a result of flat feet, your knee cap position alters and so the pull of the muscles in the front of your thigh alters, and the kneecap can be pulled out of line.
- Any injury to any part of the leg, which caused you to limp, or not use your leg for a period of more than 48 hours. This causes a weakness or imbalance on the front of your thigh and affects the movement of the kneecap.
In both of the above cases an imbalance between the muscle groups will occur resulting in lateral tracking of the patella or kneecap and subsequently wear and tear to the back of the kneecap.
3. If the iliotibial band is also tight it will affect the pull on the knee. This is very common in runners
4. As a direct result of a blow to, or a fall on the kneecap, which may cause bruising where the kneecap hits the bone behind.
Who gets runners knee?
Anyone can get this condition, but it is most common in young athletes, with there being a slightly higher incidence in females than males.
Is it treatable?
Yes. It is very treatable.
The first thing to do is get it properly assessed to ascertain which of the above is the cause of your specific problems.
In all cases, treatment will involve an exercise programme with / without postural taping of your kneecap, to re-align it and maintain it in its correct position.
You may need release and stretching exercises for other muscles affecting the area.
You will need strengthening exercises for certain muscle groups and you may be advised to do Core strngthening or pilates too.
You may also need orthotic insoles to correct the position of your foot if this is part of the problem.