One of the most common injuries with running is knee pain and often times it presents itself as patellofemoral pain syndrome or Runner’s Knee.
What is patellofemoral pain syndrome?
PFPS occurs due to improper tracking of the kneecap between the condyles of the femur (thigh bone). As you bend and straighten your knee the kneecap should move down and up respectively. When the above does not occur it can create friction, inflammation and pain in the area.
Why does this occur?
Most often the kneecap does not move properly due to muscular imbalances between the quadriceps (front of the thigh); hamstrings (back of the thigh) and gluteals (buttock). This can be a result of increased tension in the iliotibial (IT) band, stiffness at the ankle joint, hip or back, or improper running technique.
What can we do?
At Mana Physical Therapy we can do a thorough evaluation of your movement patterns to identify strength and flexibility deficits. Through video analysis, we can assess your running technique and develop a plan of care tailored to your specific needs.
Call Mana Physical Therapy today to address your runners' knee or other running injuries, at (732) 390-8100.