Patellofemoral syndrome (PFS), commonly known as runner’s knee, is a common cause of anterior knee pain. The condition can cause significant pain when running or carrying out high-impact exercises.
In a recent study carried out by the University of Connecticut, it was discovered that conventional rehabilitation methods, often generalised, may not be the most effective approach. Instead, personalised rehab may be required to treat runner’s knee.
Here, you’ll discover what the condition is, the latest findings, and why a more tailored approach to rehabilitation is needed.
What is Runners Knee?
Runner’s knee is a condition characterised by pain around the kneecap (patella) where it meets the thighbone (femur). It largely develops in those who frequently run, jump, and squat, and can occur due to overuse or misalignment of the kneecap.
The pain associated with runner’s knee can become so severe it impacts your ability to carry out physical activity. It is also often worsened by prolonged sitting or going up and down the stairs.
If it isn’t managed properly, the condition can become a chronic issue and prove more complex to treat.
Study Suggests Personalised Rehabilitation Is Key to Recovery
Recent research from the University of Connecticut, suggests that the muscles involved vary between patients. MRI scans were carried out on 13 female patients with the condition. The findings showed the smaller muscles of the external hip rotators, hamstrings, and front of the hips were often affected.
As the specific muscles affected were different between patients, it showed a more personalised rehabilitation may be required.
It was also discovered that the issue may not just be the muscle size but potentially the muscle’s ability to engage fully. This insight paves the way for rehab programs that are not just personalised, but also functional, addressing the way muscles produce force.
This latest research highlights the need for a tailored approach to address each patient’s unique situation.
Surgical Options for Treating Runners Knee
Surgery for runner’s knee, or patellofemoral syndrome (PFS), is typically considered when all other treatments have failed to provide relief.
The procedures, such as lateral release or tibial tubercle transfer, are designed to correct the alignment of the kneecap and relieve pressure on the knee.
These surgical options are tailored to the individual’s specific condition, guided by detailed imaging and careful evaluation of knee mechanics.
After the surgery, a personalised rehabilitation program to rebuild strength and ensure proper knee function is recommended. The integration of a well-planned rehab strategy is crucial for a successful return to activity and to reduce the chances of the issue recurring.
If you suspect you are suffering from runner’s knee, schedule an appointment with Mr Jonathan Webb today. An expert in knee surgery, Mr Webb will inform you of the best treatment approach to get you back to the activities you enjoy.