So what can we do?
There are a number of treatment modalities that we can provide which all help in the management of Patellofemoral pain.
In the short term, Orthotics can be useful, particularly if your foot is a driver of the patellofemoral pain. However there is no evidence to say that orthotics are better than a multimodal physiotherapy approach and so exercises and other interventions will be necessary along with the provision of an orthotic.
Specific taping techniques for the individual can help to reduce load on the irritated structures of the knee and assist with more optimal muscle timing. There is evidence to show that this is effective in the short term especially when done in conjunction with exercise.
There is strong evidence to support strengthening of both the quads and proximal muscles ( core and gluts) in both the short and medium term management of patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Passive treatments such as dry needling, massage and mobilisation can be very helpful to reduce tightness around the patella particularly the structures around the outside of the patella which may contribute to mal tracking and poor motor timing.
If you are in need of treatment and management of patellofemoral pain, why not call us and make an appointment and we can book you in for an assessment.