Excess stress on your kneecap or dislocation from an impact or fall can lead to a chronic pain condition known as patellofemoral stress syndrome or runner’s knee. Sports that require running can increase your risk of this injury. There are a few things you can do at home while seeking medical treatment. Here are three ways you can minimize your chronic pain from patellofemoral stress syndrome.
Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
Excess weight puts more strain on your kneecaps, increasing the chances of developing patellofemoral stress syndrome. According to research, every 10 pounds you lose can relieve up to 40 pounds of pressure on your knees. Processed foods can make you gain weight faster and increase inflammation and pain in your kneecaps. Eat a protein rich diet to help you lose weight and consider reaching out to a therapist for any emotional eating issues.
Change Your Footwear
Wearing the right footwear can make a difference with your chronic pain from patellofemoral stress syndrome. You can achieve relief by carefully choosing the terrain you exercise on and using orthotic inserts to soften the blow on your knees. Look for shoes that offer better arch support to protect against further injuries.
Strength Train with Physical Therapy
Strength training with physical therapy will help you build muscles for kneecap support. The physical therapy process with patellofemoral stress syndrome may take at least six weeks or longer to achieve a full recovery. Consider using braces during your exercises to prevent your knees from moving the wrong way and aggravating your injury. Make sure to get plenty of rest and use cool compresses and elevation to relieve your chronic pain. Ease into your workout routine slowly and stretch first to warm up your muscles and then again after you finish.
Customized Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome Treatment
Patellofemoral stress syndrome can limit your mobility and ability to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. Regenerative medicine can effectively reduce inflammation and speed the healing process so you can get back to your favorite activities faster. FullRange Spine & Ortho provides customized treatment plans with a combination of several therapy solutions to ease your pain symptoms. Call to make an appointment to relieve your chronic pain today.Posted on behalf of FullRange Spine & Ortho