Symptoms: Common symptoms of PFPS include aches and pains in and around the kneecap. The pain tends to be worse after sitting in the same position for a while or after physical activity. In extreme cases, your knee may give out while walking down a flight of stairs or during increased physical activity.
Overview: PFPS develops from an imbalance in the muscles that move the patella (kneecap) as you bend and straighten your leg. This imbalance results in irregular movement of the patella that causes a grinding friction in the area.
PFPS is not limited to physically active people. Poor posture and improper foot mechanics can contribute to PFPS. Women are at higher risk to suffer from PFPS than men because they generally have one thigh muscle that’s stronger than the opposing thigh muscle in the same leg. The stronger muscle pulls harder on the patella than the weaker one exacerbating the problem.
Flat feet can also cause PFPS as they can cause your tibia (shinbone) to rotate inward, placing additional pressure on the muscles around the knee, exaggerating muscle imbalance and patella grinding.
80% of PFPS sufferers respond well to non-invasive treatment as provided by Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C. If you’ve been diagnosed with PFPS, Dr. Suzan will likely combine non-invasive techniques with rehabilitative exercises to get your patella back on track.