Knee pain can stem from a wide variety of dysfunction in our body, and sometimes it can be very frustrating to have an issue that we have absolutely no idea how it starts. Patellofemoral syndrome or Runner's knee is one of those issues that could potentially turn into a very painful condition over a period of time. The injured person can have no specific incident of injury, but suddenly encounters a sharp pain in his or her knee. Pain is usually localized to the knee cap area and there are actually specific reasons why it develops.
Simply said, Patellofemoral syndrome refers to the issue of having an abnormal movement of your knee cap. And these movement disorders are more pronounced when doing heavy impact activities such as running. Hence Patellofemoral syndrome is as known as runner's knee.
Patellofemoral syndrome (Runner's knee) can often be confused with other injuries in the knee. It is best to consult and go through a proper physiotherapy assessment to determine the true cause. As well, with the proper type of physiotherapy treatment, your knee cap movement can be restored for you to return to your normal activities.
Do you suffer from runner’s knee? Contact our Pickering physiotherapists for a free 15-minute consultation to discuss possible treatment plans for a road to recovery.
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With different type of stress that we experience day to day, dealing with stress results in various negative effects on our body. When we experience stress, our body automatically triggers the sympathetic system which puts us into the “fight or flight” response. In simple terms, we prepare our body to be in a constant state of guardedness and alertness to deal with anything that comes our way. We would naturally tense up our muscles, take quicker breaths and get our heart pumping faster. This method of dealing with stress is quite appropriate during the hunter and gatherer society, where stress is conceived to be a potential physical attack to our body. We would then be potentially involved in rigorous physical activities to defend ourselves.
However in our current society, stress can originate from a mental source rather than a physical source. As well, these types of stress can linger for much longer which puts us in a chronic stress situation. Ongoing tight muscle creates tension headaches and migraines, as well as neck and shoulder pain. We also start to adopt poor posture as a result of increase tension, which would lead to various over used muscles and tendons plus stiff joints.
With that said, it is very important we pay attention to the signals in our body. Our thoughts, feelings and our attitudes towards day to day activities affect much of the outcome. As well there are many different ways to overcome stress and don’t forget to check out part 2 of this blog for stress management strategies.
The use of cupping as a modality to treatment has been around for centuries, and recently there has been an increased popularity for this. From celebrities to top end athletes competing in the Olympic Games. We can see some of these circular marks on the skin of people’s backs, necks and shoulders.
To understand the benefits of cupping you have to grasp an understanding of what it is. Cupping is the use of placing an inverted plastic/bamboo/glass jar onto the surface of the skin, meanwhile creating a vacuum inside the jar to raise or suck up underlying tissue into the cup. With new tools developed for cupping, cupping can now be done safely without the use of small flames to create the necessary suction. The purpose of cupping is to improve circulation, remove harmful toxins in our body and pain relieve. You can think of cupping as an inverted form of massage where muscles are pull away from the body versus application of pressure on the skin. Cupping can be combined with various forms of treatment such as acupuncture in order to further improve various pain conditions and muscle tension.
Having mentioned the benefits, it is best to consult with a licensed medical practitioner in order to determine whether or not cupping is the right treatment for you and your condition. A throughout assessment and understanding of your current condition will allow our team of rehab professionals such as physiotherapist, massage therapist and acupuncturist to find the best course of action for you.
From our team at Amberlea Physiotherapy and Rehab Clinic, we want to wish everyone a very happy holidays!
A minor tip from us, be safe out there over the holidays with the weather, and try to enjoy a stress free holiday. Don’t let those unintentional stress build up during your holiday, we all have parties to prepare for and last minute shopping to do. Plan ahead of time to for all your task, and tackle them one by one. Rushing through things causes unwanted stress and potential accidents. But if you are caught up with loads of stress, consider using several relaxation techniques. For example mediation or massage therapy are shown to help with reducing stress and anxiety. Make sure you take good care of your physical body and off to a fresh new start next year!
Tips from your physiotherapist in Pickering,
With temperature still steady this year, it’s hard to imagine winter is coming. However most of us are already getting ready and prepping for the eventual snow and coldness. Fall is a time for outdoor clean up, leaves raking and changing into winter tires. As we are talking about this, all these action requires quite a bit of physical labour, and we don’t want to strain and cause injuries.
Often with moving and cleaning, some of the common injuries may include back injuries. Our backs are major support pillars are commonly irritated and inflammed due to various lifting and twisting motions.
For protecting our lower backs, we should always focus on keeping our activities in front of us as much as we can. Avoid twisting and turning our backs by always turning with our feet. Limit the amount of repetitive motion in our lower back by working smarter, for example having our tools within reach and in front of us.
For any activities that require bending, we should always think about involving our legs. It is always best to bend our knees with any floor lifting. Never assume any weights are light enough to avoid this motion. As well, ensure that we take breaks in between if you are trying to attempt a large project. At the end of the day, your health is more important than rushing through things.