September 28, 2022
Physical Therapy for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
What is PFPS?
· PFPS (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome) is an umbrella term for pain stemming from the knee joint. An indication that you may experiencing PFPS can be a feeling of general knee pain that spreads across the front of the knee (often around the knee cap), that is brought on by any activity that puts more-than-normal stress into the knee. These movements include running, stairs, squatting, and sitting for prolonged periods of time. PFPS is often caused by a combination of several factors including overuse and overloading of the knee joint, muscular weakness, mobility imbalances, and/or a problems in your body’s ability to be able to control your knee during many of the activities stated above.
How can PT help at Imagine?
· At Imagine Physical therapy, our highly-trained physical therapists take an evidence-based approach to identify any impairments that could be contributing to why you might be experiencing knee pain. Interventions we use at Imagine have been shown to help PFPS and include hands-on manual therapy, taping, ultrasound, electrical stimulation combined with dry needling, and targeted exercises to address impairments found during your initial visit. A specific type of manual therapy offered at Imagine Physical Therapy are Mulligan techniques or Mobilizations with Movement. These techniques allows you to perform immediate pain-free movement with long-lasting effects. This allows your knee joint to work in a position best suited for your body.
So, If you or someone you know is experiencing knee pain, why wait? Don’t let another day go by dealing with pain and come into Imagine Physical Therapy to let our PT’s develop a treatment plan that works for you!
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