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Dr. Andrea Johnson Davis
Located in Medford, NJ
Girls between the ages of 11 and 15 have an increased incidence of anterior knee pain. This pain is most commonly diagnosed as Patellofemoral Syndrome (PFS).
These girls are commonly affected due to hormonal changes and growth spurts that occur during this age range. As the hips widen, the angle of pull and stress on the knee changes. Common clinical findings include tight hamstrings, imbalanced muscle firing of the vastus lateralis (outside thigh muscle) and the vastus medialis oblique (inside thigh muscle), as well as weak hip rotators/stabilizers. Foot positioning and arch stability are also important factors.
Pain in the front of the knee (may be in a “C” shape around knee cap)
Pain during or after running
Stiffness / pain after sitting for too long
Pain during or after squatting or jumping
Following a thorough evaluation, treatment can consist of exercises to address core stability, hip weakness, quad shut down or weak VMO, and ankle proprioception. A stretching program is also key. It must address all aspects of the lower extremity chain, not just the knee.
Call Davis Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab today at 609-451-5404 and schedule a one-on-one evaluation so we can get you back on track!
Outcomes of treatment for PFS are very favorable. The key is working together with both the athlete and the athletic trainer to provide education and support throughout the treatment process. The more you know about what to expect while rehabbing your knee, the better you will be able to execute the plan and get back to pain free living!
We have been treating PFS and Anterior Knee Pain for over 18 years in patients both young and old. The outcomes are fantastic. Patients progress to a home program when appropriate and get back to their activities as soon as possible. You do not need to see a physician prior to receiving treatment from a physical therapist for your knee. If you are experiencing knee pain, call us, we can help.