One of the most common forms of knee pain is known as ‘Patellofemoral pain syndrome,’ a technical term that describes knee pain around and behind the kneecap. Typically patients suffering with Patellofemoral pain syndrome experience pain under or along the sides of the kneecap.
It may develops gradually over time and is aggravated with everyday activities such as: walking up and down stairs, sitting, squatting and/or kneeling down to pick things up.
A common causitive factor in Patellofemoral knee pain is a muscle imbalance of the quadriceps (quads) muscles which are found on the front of the thigh. These muscles attach to the kneecap and when they contract each muscle has a pulling effect on the kneecap. With this type of knee pain the inner quadricep muscle is often weak and the outer quadriceps muscles overly tight which can cause a muscle imbalance around the knee. This muscle imbalance produces an abnormal pull on the kneecap which drags the kneecap out of its groove during activities that require the knee to bend.
When the kneecap does not travel through its groove properly while the knee is bending, friction can develop between the kneecap and the thigh bone (Femur) that resides under it. This friction between the kneecap and thigh bone often results in knee pain that is felt around and under the kneecap.
At Poke Acupuncture we offer a very systematic acupuncture treatment approach to knee pain and Patellofemoral syndrome. Therapy first begins with a thorough western orthopedic assessment where we test for muscle imbalances in the hips, quadriceps and hamstrings. We then assess the tracking of the kneecap, and perform a complete postural assessment. Specific therapies will be chosen depending on your needs and the findings of your assessment. Some of the therapies that may be utilized include: acupuncture, motor point acupuncture, electro- acupuncture, massage therapy, gua sha, kinesio taping, herbal liniments, stretching and corrective exercises.
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