Knee pain from patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) can be helped with a simple taping treatment. But not everyone gets pain relief from this technique. In this study, researchers from Taiwan looked for specific factors or patient variables that might account for the success of this treatment. Patellofemoral Syndrome (PFS) is a condition that causes pain in and around the patella (knee cap). In the normal, healthy adult, the patella moves smoothly up and down over a groove on the femur (thigh bone) as the knee bends and straightens. PFS can develop when the patella is not moving or tracking properly over the femur. This is a common knee problem in teens and young adults (especially runners and athletes) but anyone can be affected. Taping as a treatment to help realign the patella was first introduced by a physical therapist by the name of Jenny McConnell. The approach to the problem is used so often now, it is referred to as the McConnell taping technique. But after 20 years of research ...
Many people who have torn their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) have surgery to repair the injured ligament. Since the ligament has been torn, donor tissue is needed to replace it. The donor piece may come from tendon taken from the patient. Usually, this comes from the injured leg, but it can come from the other leg. The graft site may be the tendon that goes to the kneecap or it may come from a leg muscle. After surgery of any kind, problems can occur. ACL repair has its share of possible complications. There may be infection or poor wound healing. The donor tissue may not be strong enough to hold the joint together. In rare cases, the kneecap may even break. This is called a patellar fracture . Patellar fractures occur in about one percent of all cases when the patellar tendon is used as the donor tissue. The number of patellar fractures has decreased as more and more ACL repairs are done. There isn't a single cause of this fracture. In this study, eight people ended up with a patell...
One of the first questions I sometimes hear from people who have knee pain is: Doc, do you think it is arthritis? The answer is, invariably, please tell me more about your pain. There are many causes of knee pain and arriving at an accurate diagnosis begins with a full, comprehensive medical history and physical examination. Osteoarthritis is one of the more common causes of knee pain in people over the age of 55. However, there are many other potential causes in this population of people as well. For example, knee pain can be due to:
Ø A meniscus tear
Ø A ligament tear, sprain, or strain
Ø Malalignment of the patella (knee cap) leading to pain beneath the patella
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