How To Prevent Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Keep Alignment in Mind

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Patellofemoral pain syndrome can be caused by misalignment in the body. The alignment of the quadriceps between the knee and hip is called the Q angle. Researchers believe this alignment affects an individual’s patellar tracking. When a patient’s Q angle is larger than twenty degrees, they might be more susceptible to patellofemoral pain syndrome due to the patella’s tendency to track toward the outside. In these cases, patients might feel pain around the outside of their femur and patella due to an increase in pressure. When female athletes are growing throughout adolescence, the Q angle grows as their pelvis widens. This increases the overall risk of developing patellofemoral pain.

Individuals should also be particularly aware of their alignment when exercising. It’s important to understand where one’s hips and knees are in relation to each other during exercise and particular movements. Some individuals may benefit from having a fitness trainer observe and correct their form.

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