PFPS pain is common amongst athletes and those who regularly participate in running sports.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) typically occurs when the patella rubs on the femur bone underneath.
Many experts believe that incorrect tracking or rubbing of the patella over the femur bone is a significant factor and that this results in damage or irritation of the articular cartilage beneath the patella.
Whilst PFPS can have a number of causes, damage to the cartilage itself cannot directly cause pain because there are no blood vessels or nerves involved.
However, the condition can lead to other problems which in turn, result in pain.
These can include erosion of the cartilage and bone under the patella, soft tissue injuries, synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane/joint lining) or irritation to the lateral retinaculum and the infra patella fat pad.
Overuse & Trigger Points
Most cases of PFPS are likely to be from overuse. This may be as a result of external factors such as a sudden increase in training, or performing high intensity jumping and knee bending, or it can be from poor patella tracking - often as a result of trigger points in the hamstrings and/or quadriceps.
When dealing with PFPS, identifying the cause is an important part of the treatment.
About the author
Stuart Hinds is one of Australia’s leading soft tissue therapists, with over 27 years of experience as a practitioner, working with elite sports athletes, supporting Olympic teams, educating and mentoring others as well as running a highly successful clinic in Geelong.
Stuart has a strong following of practitioners across Australia and globally who tap into his expertise as a soft-tissue specialist. He delivers a range of highly sought after seminars across Australia, supported by online videos, webinars and one-on-one mentoring to help support his colleagues to build successful businesses.
In 2016, Stuart was awarded a lifetime membership to Massage & Myotherapy Australia for his significant support and contribution to the industry.
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