Patellofemoral Syndrome Physiotherapy in Brampton

Understanding Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a common condition affecting the knee joint, characterized by pain and discomfort during weight-bearing activities such as walking, running, and standing. This discomfort arises due to disturbances in the movement of the kneecap within the grooves of the femur (thigh bone), often caused by muscle imbalances or external forces acting on the knee.

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Causes

Muscle imbalances around the knee can lead to the misalignment of the kneecap within its grooves on the femur. Additionally, structures outside the kneecap, such as the iliotibial band or lateral retinaculum, may exert forces that pull the kneecap outward, contributing to pain and discomfort.

Symptoms

Common symptoms of patellofemoral pain syndrome include:

  • Knee pain during weight-bearing activities
  • Discomfort during physical activity
  • Pain when ascending or descending stairs
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Treatment Approach

Physiotherapy offers effective treatment for patellofemoral pain syndrome. At Active Physio Brampton, treatment may include:

  • Hands-on manual therapy
  • Joint and myofascial mobilization techniques
  • Prescribed home exercises
  • Therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation

Treatment plans are personalized to address individual goals and needs, ensuring a patient-centered approach.

Exercises for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

These exercises can aid in the management of patellofemoral pain syndrome:

Quadricep Stretch:

Stand in front of a chair for support. Bend one leg and grasp the foot with the same-side hand, bringing the heel toward the buttocks. Maintain good posture throughout the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 2-3 times on each leg.

Iliotibial Band Stretch:

Lie on your back with knees bent. Place a belt or band around the bottom of one foot and straighten the leg. Gently guide the leg across the body with the band until a stretch is felt along the side of the leg. Hold for 20-30 seconds and repeat 2-3 times on each leg.

Clam Shells:

Lie on your side with knees bent and hips stacked. Engage your core and lift the top knee while keeping the feet together. Ensure hip stabilization throughout the movement. Return to the starting position and repeat. Perform 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions on each side.

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Home Care

In addition to physiotherapy treatment, home care measures can help manage patellofemoral pain syndrome:

  • Apply ice to the knee 3 times a day for 10-15 minutes, especially after vigorous activity or aggravation.
  • Modify activities to offload excess pressure on the knee joint.
  • Follow a stretching and strengthening program tailored to individual needs, as recommended by the physiotherapist.

By incorporating these measures into daily routine, individuals can effectively manage patellofemoral pain syndrome and promote recovery.

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