Chondromalacia Patella Is Knee Cap Pain Sioux City
An Overview of Chondromalacia Patella
Having Chondromalacia Patella (kneecap pain) is an ailment that can be exceptionally frustrating. This condition can cause pain during recreational activities, and can also be triggered by routine movements. Sharp, stabbing pain can be felt walking up and down stairs, squatting, or straightening your leg, which can make it impossible to run or exercise.
This condition is often caused by prolonged participation in sports involving running and jumping. The impact of jumping and running aggravates the cartilage and tendons around the patella, which causes the pain felt around the kneecap.
What Are the Causes of Chondromalacia Patella?
This condition is caused by the irritation of tissues surrounding the patella, which makes tendons become damaged and inflamed. Muscle spasms of the lateral quadriceps pull the patella to the outside, which causes the cartilage to rub underneath the patella bone. This rubbing irritates the cartilage and causes a sharp, stabbing pain when the patella moves across the femur. This pain is most likely to occur when running and jumping, but cycling can also aggravate the cartilage in the knee.
Preventing and Treating Chondromalacia Patella
Preventing Chondromalacia Patella involves creating muscle balance, strength, and endurance in the ankle, knee, and hip muscles. Flexibility is important in the quadriceps muscles, as it allows for your legs to better control impacts with the ground during intense movements. Many of the therapeutic exercises focus on strengthening in inside part of the quadriceps. Slowly increasing activity and exercise levels will reduce the likelihood of aggravating the patella cartilage, and should limit the occurrences of pain.
Treatment can also be used to reduce pain and inflammation around the knee. Active treatments includes electric, heat, ice, stretching, exercises, ultrasound, cold laser, Graston Technique, ART, ASTYM, massage therapy, or manual therapy. Chondromalacia Patella also benefits from Graston Technique, which decreases scar tissue formation and increases cellular repair in tendons and ligaments around the knee. This treatment, when combined with vibration and proprioception therapy, enhances collagen repair and leg strength. More information on knee pain treatment can be found on our conditions treated page.
If you are suffering from Chondromalacia Patella, our office can offer you techniques that will accelerate your healing process. If you experience knee pain while running, treatment should begin as soon as possible. Ignoring the pain often leads to greater injuries and recovery times, ice often and early. Increasing running mileage too quickly, lifting heavier weights, or adding new exercise to a routine are other common causes of knee pain.
Treatment exercises and stretches will be performed in the office and home. Exercises will work towards strengthening the foot, ankle, knee, and hip muscles. As well, because running and sports often tighten the quadriceps and hamstring muscles, stretching and massage therapy is often required for Chondromalacia Patella, as well as other common over-training injuries around the knee including IT Band syndrome. Chronic repetitive stress injuries occur when the tissue becomes overwhelmed and cannot heal properly before the next time it is challenged.