Let’s take a look at patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS).
AKA runners’ knee.
PFPS is pain that originates between the kneecap and thighbone. The pain is felt at the front of the knee, either under or around the edges of the kneecap; it is typically more noticeable going up stairs or walking or jogging uphill. The root of patellofemoral pain can vary and may be difficult to identify.
Potential causes include a sudden increase in training, or simple overuse for a period of time. Muscle imbalance that can cause the patella to aberrant gliding within its groove (patella tracking); injury elsewhere in the kinematic chain; so a sprained ankle, or a lower back problem, left for too long, may develop into knee problems. Simple body weight, especially if matched with an increase in training load, such as taking up jogging in an attempt to reduce weight. Women are more prone to PFPS than men, especially as related to patella tracking, probably due to wider hips, and consequent knee alignment, especially if coupled with a narrower stride width.
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