Chiropractic for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is a pain in the front of the knee that results from a weak or inhibited muscle called the Vastus Medialis Oblique. It is common in teenagers, manual laborers and athletes. In some cases of patellofemoral pain syndrome, a condition called chondromalacia patella is also present. Chondromalacia patella is the softening and breaking down of the articular cartilage on the underside of the kneecap.
Some symptoms of PFPS may include:
– Pain in the front of the knee, especially when squatting, going up stairs or sitting for long periods of time
– Popping or crackling sounds in the knee especially with the above activities
The cause of PFPS is a weak or inhibited muscle called the Vastus Medialis Oblique (VMO). The Vastus Medialis Oblique is one of your quadriceps muscles and the only muscle that pulls your patella (kneecap) medially. Your kneecap usually runs in a groove, appropriately named the Patellar Groove, if the VMO or inhibited the patella can grind on the edges of the groove which can cause you pain.
The therapy for PFPS is to strengthen and activate your VMO. There are a number of exercises that the Doctor’s or Chiropractic can give you to accomplish this. One good example of a simple exercise you can do at home is walking backwards which is an activity which targets the VMO.