Runaway Knee Cap: Keeping Your Knee Cap In Line

Click, crackle, pop. That’s what you want to hear on your cereal, not on your kneecap. If you think you have Rice Krispies in your knee, swelling, tenderness at the edge of the kneecap, and pain in the joint, specifically around and below the kneecap, PFPS may be sitting on your doorstep making a nest.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) causes pain in the front of the knee from the patella. This pain usually worsens over time and occurs when the kneecap (kneecap) does not move properly when the knee is bent or straightened. The most common type of PFPS is when the outside of the knee is tight and the inside of the knee is weak. Tight outer knee muscles pull the kneecap outward when it moves, and weak inner muscles are not strong enough to control it. Basically the outside knee wins in the tug of war with an unfair advantage, causing the whole system to drop and the inside knee to fall into the mud pit.

There can be a number of factors that contribute to this condition. One is overloading the knee, either from constant movement or stress on the joint (constantly running and jumping) to too much weight / pressure put on it (such as during weight lifting). Flat feet can also aggravate this problem because people with flat feet tend to walk with their feet further out, causing the knee to try to compensate and move incorrectly.

So if you have these conditions, you may need to worry about PFPS. What can you do? Well, a few things:

  • Apply RICE (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation) after an activity that makes extensive use of the knees.
  • Rest a little more
  • Use a knee support, specifically a patella stabilizer support.
  • Consult a medical professional who can provide you with more information about treatment and rehabilitation.

As studies show, the best kneecap support you can get is an upper and lower kneecap strap. The use of both appears to delay more injuries and better relieve pain, although it is not a solution. It is simply an additional support that is used in combination with the steps above to treat the condition. It can also be used as a stabilizer and proactive measure if you don’t already have PFPS.

Also, while medical professionals may subscribe to anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce inflammation around the kneecap, you are now putting synthetic chemicals into your body that can reduce inflammation, but who knows what other problems may arise from this. You may consider eating more Omega-3 fatty acids (which are natural anti-inflammatory nutrients), which are found in cold-water fish, such as mackerel, herring, and salmon.

And one more thing. Don’t discount the value of massage therapy. Not only can it loosen tight muscles and ease pain, but it also feels divine.