Friday, August 22, 2014

Patellofemoral Syndrome and Chronic Knee Pain in Young Women

Patellofemoral syndrome is a condition that primarily affects young women between the ages of 15 and 25. Patellofemoral syndrome is categorized as an overuse injury, or accumulation disorder. It is also known as Chondromalacia Patello.

Cause of Chronic Knee Pain
Patellofemoral syndrome is often found in young women who regularly participate in activities such as dancing. The condition causes chronic knee pain and women who are affected gradually find that moving the knee is uncomfortable.

Dance Injuries
Dancing makes the knee susceptible to a number of injuries, and dancer should always ensure that they warm up properly before beginning any dance session. Knee injuries can be moderate; however dancers sometimes suffer more severe injuries that can block them from dancing professionally for life.

Sometimes the Result of Poor Conditioning
The knee may undergo damage when the person initiates a new activity without doing the proper preparation, or has poor conditioning. The damage to the knee occurs gradually over time and is not noticeable until a few weeks after the individual has been doing the new activity.

Exercises Which Strengthen the Quadriceps 
Patellofemoral syndrome may also arise in young women who have feeble quadriceps muscles. Straight leg raises can help to strengthen the quadriceps muscles. Leg extensions also help to strengthen the quadriceps muscles.

Take Steps to Manage the Pain
Stretching exercises should also be done. Stretching of the quadriceps should be done with low force. Patellofemoral syndrome is managed by using physical therapy. Ice packs will help to reduce pain and inflammation.

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At August 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM , Anonymous MS symptoms said...

Quite a painful condition. Thanks for sharing.


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