Women Seeking a Knee Pain Specialist In Thousand Oaks
by Cheryl Schuhmann-Wertheimer, PT, DPT, September 16, 2015
Do You Have Knee Pain?
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Why is it common to for women to seek out the care of a knee pain specialist in Thousand Oaks? Although women and men may be equal in many aspects of athletics, there is one area in which women far surpass men: knee injuries. Depending on the sport, female athletes are two to six times more likely to suffer knee injuries than males.
Women are more likely to suffer from patellofemoral pain syndrome, commonly called runner’s knee. This condition involves degeneration of cartilage under the kneecap that absorbs shocks. Women are more likely to tear the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) that helps stabilize the knee. ACL injuries usually require surgery to repair the area, but proper rehabilitation includes physical therapy. Injuries to weight-bearing joints like the knee, ankle, and hip increase the risk of developing arthritis.
WebMD has this to say about female injuries in sports:
There’s a plague of ACL injuries in women’s sports, and they’re not limited to basketball — or to professionals, says Timothy Hewett, Ph.D., Director of Applied Research for the Cincinnati Sportsmedicine and Orthopaedic Center. Soccer, volleyball, softball, and other activities that involve jumping, sudden stops and starts, and rapid pivots can all rip a woman’s knee ligaments with remarkable ease, he says.
One in 10 female college athletes suffers a major knee injury (usually an ACL tear) every year — five to six times more often than their male counterparts, Hewett says. And while nobody knows how often casual athletes injure their knees, it’s not a rare event, says Hewett, citing a recent study of recreational soccer players that found that women were roughly five times more likely than men to seriously damage their knee ligaments. Reference https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/knee-pain/features/weak-in-knees
There are many reasons for this. The muscles supporting women’s knees are smaller and weaker while the ligaments are also more lax. Women also have wider pelvises than men, causing their thigh bones to angle more sharply inward from the hips to the knees. Women tend to have a greater difference between the muscle in the front and back of the thigh. Males and females jump and land differently as well. When you combine all of this, women’s knees are generally less stable and more often injured.