Patello-Femoral Pain syndrome (PFPS)
- Athletes in high impact sports (jumpers, sprinter….)
- Basketball and netball players
- Gym Junkies
- Desk warriors
Patello-femoral pain syndrome, or PFPS, is the most common cause of pain at the knee joint. It normally presents as pain felt around, and behind the knee cap (patella). It is common in both the young and old, active and inactive.
When & How
PFPS is most commonly caused by mistracking or poor movement of the knee cap, as opposed to direct trauma to any specific structure within the knee. Poor movement can be caused by numerous variables but is most commonly caused by;
- Muscle strength imbalances
- Excess muscle tightness
- Overactive or inhibited control of a muscle
- Poor foot posture (eg. Flat feet)
- Hip and lower back problems
- Degenerative changes due to old age
The kneecap normally runs along a groove in the thigh bone known as the femoral groove. As a result of any of the above variables, this movement along the groove is changed, and the knee cap starts to mistrack. As a result there are excessive joint pressures put through the knee joint and knee cap. Overtime this will lead to irritation, swelling and pain which in turn further changes the way the kneecap tracks along the femoral groove.
Treatment and management of PFPS requires any underlying causes to be addressed whilst treating the pain and inflammation at the knee itself. Your physiotherapist at our Move Forward Kinross Physiotherapy clinic will assess the whole lower limb, as well as the hip and low back in order to determine the exact cause of your knee pain. Following this assessment, you will be provided with a detailed outline of your own individualized treatment management plan. Your treatment may include a combination of the following;
• Ice/ Heat
• Brace/ off-load taping
• Soft tissue massage
• Dry needling
• Stretching & strengthening exercises, which can be performed within the gym located at Move Forward Hillarys Physiotherapy
• Activity and exercise modifications to improve lower limb mechanics and posture, which can be performed within our pilates studio at Move Forward Quinns Physiotherapy or Jindalee Physiotherapy
After expanding through the northern suburbs over the past 8 years we are pleased and proud to give a “name” to the brand you know as Quinns Physiotherapy, Ocean Keys Physiotherapy, Kinross Physiotherapy, Currambine Physiotherapy, Pearsall Physiotherapy and Hocking Physiotherapy. Each clinic will still hold its own individual name but we will operate as a group under our new name “Move Forward Physiotherapy”.
Why the change? This will allow us to reach our most important people involved in our clinics….you! Through combining our clinics into a super brand it will allow us shared communication, specials and advertising. But more importantly it will give you the confidence that when you see the “Move Forward Physiotherapy” logo, you will be receiving excellent patient care through high clinical and professional standards, exceptional customer service and friendly physiotherapy and reception staff in warm comfortable settings- These are our promises to you!!
Thank you for continuing to support our growing business, Physiotherapy is our passion, and exceptional patient care our promise.
Following the recent expansion to Pearsall, Ben Gabrovec and Move Well are happy to open a fresh new clinic at the Edinburgh Family Medical Centre in Kinross. Kinross Physiotherapy grows the partnership between Ben and Move Well to 5 clinics in the northern suburbs as they are thrilled to be joining Dr Sanjay Kanodia at Edinburgh Family Medical Centre.
They are also thrilled to continue to provide high quality Physiotherapy through the northern coastal suburbs- an area where they have worked and actively been apart of the community for over 10 years.
Mitchell Peate is our first class Physio at Kinross and he is always available to answer any questions regarding Physiotherapy and if it can help you. So feel free to contact Mitch or drop into clinic today!
Treating everything from neck pain to back pain, sports injuries, muscle tears, ankle sprains, headaches and everything in between we are here to help you!
From our Kinross Physiotherapy clinic you can also be referred to our extended services of Pilates, Hydrotherapy and Exercise Classes run from our Quinns Physiotherapy location.
1/23 Edinburgh Avenue
Ph: 9304 8844 / Fax: 9304 8822
Email: Kinross Physiotherapy