Growing up, my parents always kept me very active from playing soccer for four years, gymnastics, volleyball and basketball, and later in high school cheerleading and wrestling. I always lived a very active lifestyle. If it was off season for my sports, I always enjoyed going running, hiking, surfing or mountain biking with my father. Later, in high school I suffered a bad knee injury and at the time it wasn’t anything major. I suffered from a dull achy pain every now and then, but I didn’t think it was anything serious. The pain came in waves and it never lasted for very long.
Fast forward 6 years later, within the past year started doing kickboxing and in the beginning of every class we warm up by doing jump rope for about 10 minutes. In past 3 month I’ve started noticing that same dull achy pain as before in my knee every time I jump rope, do too many kicks, squats, or running but this time the pain doesn’t go away. After my workout, I notice my right knee is very swollen and any type of bending is extremely sore. Lucky for me I am very blessed and fortunate to work at an integrative health center, Oahu Spine and Rehab located right here in Kailua Oahu. As a massage therapist I am very fortunate to have one of our wonderful physical therapists, Jae Santiago, take a look at it. After an evaluation with our medical and physical therapy teams, I was diagnosed with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
According to OrthoInfo.com, Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a term that is sometimes referred to as “runner’s knee or “jumpers knee” used to describe pain in the front of the knee and around the patella also known as the kneecap. The pain it causes can make it very difficult to perform simple everyday activities such as running, squatting, kneel down, climb stairs and even sometimes sitting for long periods of time. It is a common syndrome that occurs in people who do sports or live a very active lifestyle. But because the knee and patella are used in everyday activities, it is still fairly common in non-athletes as well. It is a syndrome that can be developed over time through overuse or any type improper body mechanics. In many cases Patellofemoral pain syndrome is caused by repetitive physical activities that put stress on the knee. Examples are; running, hiking, jumping rope and squatting (which is pretty much everything I do when I work out). Sometimes increasing the number of days you work out or the level of intensity at which you perform can play a big factor. This makes sense in my case, because I’ve recently went from working out twice a week to four times!
Lucky for me Patellofemoral pain syndrome is something that can be easily treated here at OSR. By meeting with our medical staff and our physical therapy team, we can equip you with the proper exercises and adjustments to your workout routines. I was very fortunate to have MPT Jae Santiago here at OSR give me a printout of some at-home exercises to help with my knees.
Here are a couple examples: