Knee Cap Pain, also referred to as Patellofemoral Pain, is a common musculoskeletal condition in the general and sporting communities. It affects up to 25% of the population, 36% of adolescents and is more prevalent in females. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is characterised by anterior or knee cap pain in the absence of other knee pathology.
This pain can be achey or sharp and is usually associated with at least two of the following activities:
- Ascending or descending stairs
- sitting for long periods
- walking/ running
People may also experience a grinding, crackling feeling on knee movements, occasional swelling particularly after exercise, and sometimes locking or giving way.
Role of physiotherapy
Physiotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for this condition. The most effective treatment for patellofemoral pain is a McConnell program, designed and monitored by a physiotherapist according to the patient’s individual needs. This recognised anterior knee pain management program was first introduced by Jenny McConnell, an Australian physiotherapist. The approach uses a specialised, functional exercise program to improve the muscle control around the knee and taping to reposition the patella.
Benefits of physiotherapy
When treatment is given by a physiotherapist trained in patellofemoral pain, the results are excellent. In the majority of cases, only five to six treatments are required to enable the patient to return to normal activities and sport. Physiotherapy management, based on that described by McConnell, has been shown to be effective in two large research studies with up to 91% of anterior knee pain patients having an excellent or good response.
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