Trigger Point therapy - Taping Technique for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
PFPS pain is common amongst athletes and those who regularly participate in running and sport
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) typically occurs when the patella rubs on the femur bone underneath.
Many experts believe that incorrect tracking or rubbing of the patella over the femur bone is a significant factor and that this results in damage or irritation of the articular cartilage beneath the patella.
Whilst PFPS can have a number of causes, damage to the cartilage itself cannot directly cause pain because there are no blood vessels or nerves involved.
However the condition can lead onto other problems which in turn result in pain.
These can include erosion of the cartilage and bone under the patella, soft tissue injuries, synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane/joint lining) or irritation to the lateral retinaculum and the infra patella fat pad.
Overuse & Trigger Points
Most cases of PFPS are likely to be from overuse. This may be as a result of external factors such as a sudden increase in training, or performing high intensity jumping and knee bending, or it can be from poor patella tracking - often as a result of trigger points in the hamstrings and/or quadriceps.
When dealing with PFPS, identifying the cause is an important part of the treatment.
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