Patellofemoral Pain Specialist in Thousand Oaks
by Cheryl Schuhmann-Wertheimer, PT, DPT, December 21, 2015
What is Kneecap or Patellofemoral Pain?
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is an umbrella term used for pain arising from the patellofemotal joint itself, or adjacent soft tissues. You may not even know that there is a patellofemoral pain specialist in Thousand Oaks. As experts in the management of this type of pain, we’d like to share more with you about this common condition.
Historically it has been referred to as anterior knee pain but this is misleading as the pain can be felt in all aspects of the knee (including the popliteal fossa).
Be aware that PFPS is sometimes confused with chondromalacia patellae (which is a cartilage problem) and patellar tendonitis. Patients will (in general) complain about similar symptoms but the cause is different and so is the treatment. (See the concerning pages about these diseases for more explanation.) Physio-pedia
Unfortunately, many who suffer from chronic patellofemoral pain simply assume this is a natural part of getting older, and they choose to deal with the discomfort. This is not the case as there are many advanced solutions to finding permanent relief from chronic patellofemoral pain.
See a Physical Therapist First for Patellofemoral Pain Treatment in Thousand Oaks
The first step to a pain-free existence is knowing when it is time to see a patellofemoral pain specialist.. If you have suffered a direct injury, it is a good idea to immediately consult a doctor. However, most patellofemoral pain comes on gradually. So, if you notice redness, consistent swelling, significant pain and tenderness, you should consider seeing one of our physical therapists.
Once the patellofemoral pain has been properly evaluated and diagnosed, your PT will typically recommend a program to help manage and correct the underlying cause of the pain. In many cases, treatment involves strengthening and stabilizing the thigh to provide better control of the kneecap. At times, foot orthoses or activity modification are important components of the treatment plan. Best of all, there is good clinical evidence that physical therapy can help. Consider the results of this study published in the Journal of Sports Physical Therapy:
Eight studies (three randomized controlled trials, one clinical controlled trial, three cohort studies and one case series) of moderate to high methodological quality met the inclusion criteria. Proximal exercise programs showed a consistent reduction of pain and function in the treatment of patellofemoral pain. Knee exercise programs had variable outcomes.
Proximal interventions provide relief of pain and improved function in the short and long term and therefore physical therapists should consider using proximal interventions for treatment of patellofemoral pain.
There is a Natural, Drug-free Solution
Transitions Therapies West specializes in patellofemoral pain treatment and physical therapy is one of the best conservative solutions to help you reduce discomfort, increase motility, and restore strength to the lower extremity. In addition to focusing on the patellofemoral area, the physical therapist will consider your overall health to determine the best course of action for more immediate relief.
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of including physical therapy in the solution for pain relief is we can help you learn healthy sport, and daily life-skills to prevent any further injury to the patellofemoral joint. We will work to identify the causes of your patellofemoral pain and find alternatives to those activities. This could include a weight loss plan or a daily exercise routine to help minimize pressure to the patellofemoral joint and keep the area strengthened.
If you are suffering from chronic patellofemoral pain, contact us to begin a plan of action to get rid of your pain and return to a happier and healthier way of living.