Are you at risk of getting Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? All you need to know

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome results from pain around the kneecap or the fore-side of the knee. It can also be called runner’s knee or jumper’s knee, signalling the fact that it is a common ailment among people who participate in sports. But are athletes the only individuals at risk of getting Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

Risk factors for patellofemoral pain syndrome

Age is the first risk factor associated with runner’s knee. Adolescents and young adults are at a higher risk of developing this syndrome due to the intense activities that most participate in. Older adults are also at risk of surgery in patella femoral joint disorders due to arthritis.

Sex is another factor. Women have a higher risk of muscle imbalance since they have a wider angle at the pelvis as compared to men. Such an imbalance often results in partial knee replacement due to increased pain in the kneecap.

Alternatively, high impact activities such as squatting, running or weight-bearing activities cause patellofemoral pain syndrome. People who regularly expose themselves to such activities stand a higher chance of getting total knee replacement surgery.

Lastly, people with flat feet are also likely to get knee arthroscopy surgery. Flat feet occur where one has no arch in the feet or where it is present; it is lower than usual. Knee injuries increase when such individuals do intensive physical activities.

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The above risk factors result in elements such as overuse of the knee. People who are actively involved in extreme physical activities are likely to get ACL reconstruction surgery due to pain in the patella. Muscle imbalance also results where the hip and knee muscles become weak. In so doing, the body can no longer support the adjacent body parts. Such imbalance results in complications requiring hip arthroscopy surgery.

If you are predisposed to the above factors, it is advisable to adopt a healthy lifestyle and exercise regimen. Gradual exercising is recommended for athletes. Warming up before workouts can also help with muscle balance as well as maintaining a healthy weight.

If you experience any knee pain, consult Dr Arun Kumar for expert advice.

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