Knee pain and injury can have many causes. It can be related to soft tissue injuries such as muscle strains, ACL ligament sprains, Meniscus tears or Jumper’s Knee (inflammation or injury of the patellar tendon). Biomechanical disorders such as Runner’s Knee (patellofemoral pain syndrome) or bone conditions such as arthritis may also cause knee pain.
Runners knee affects both the young athlete and the elderly alike. This relates to pain behind the kneecap, where your patella (kneecap) articulates with your thigh bone (femur). This joint is known as your patellofemoral joint.
Activities such as weight training, running or climbing may cause runners knee. This is common as these activities involve weight bearing with bending and straightening of the knee that puts pressure on the patellofemoral joint. Generally this pain occurs gradually over time.
Biomechanical factors can play a role such as foot imbalances (over-pronation), weak quadriceps and hip stabilizers, tight quadriceps or illiotibial band (ITB), or variability in the patellar bone.
Consultation, treatment and advice by: Physiotherapist, Sports Massage Therapist and Naturopath