Patellofemoral joint pain – in a nutshell
The knee, one of the most complicated joints in the body, actually includes two joints. One of these is where the patella (kneecap) meets the femur (thigh bone) – hence called the patellofemoral joint.
Patellofemoral joint pain describes a common complaint felt in and around this sensitive junction. Although patellofemoral joint pain is most typical among athletes, it will affect 25 % of the population at some stage in their lives. The symptoms are painful and debilitating: normally a diffused ache in the front of the knee made worse by stair climbing and prolonged sitting with the knee flexed (“movie-goers knee”); as well as cracking, swelling, and tenderness.
Understanding patellofemoral joint pain
You might hear your doctor refer to patellofemoral joint pain as patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), patellofemoral joint syndrome, anterior knee pain, or to be truly fancy, chondromalacia patella. Whatever the name, it describes a state of excessive strain on the knee joint and surrounding soft tissue resulting from multiple factors: weight, bad footwear, overuse, excessive flexibility, bad knee alignment, weak hip or quadricep (front thigh) muscles, injury and more.
How AposTherapy® can help
AposTherapy® is designed to address the underlying causes of patellofemoral joint syndrome, significantly relieving pain and improving function and mobility. The treatment works by redistributing the load on the patella, and correcting the muscular dysfunction that led to the condition.
Using a foot-worn device for about one hour a day, AposTherapy® introduces “controlled micro-instability” – an innovative way of reeducating your muscles and correcting your body’s alignment. The treatment adjusts how your foot meets the ground, and improves muscular coordination around the knee – resulting in effective pain relief and functional improvement. Something uniquely special about AposTherapy® is that it fits effortlessly into your everyday life. The device can be worn during your normal activities at home or at work. It’s non-invasive, drug-free, and super easy to comply with.
Is AposTherapy® right for me?
Generally, AposTherapy® is not suitable for individuals who:
- Have unexplained recurring falls
- Experience balance problems (that require using a walking aid indoors)
- Suffer from especially severe osteoporosis
Otherwise, if you have patellofemoral joint pain and you want to enjoy walking again, then you are likely to be a good candidate for AposTherapy®.
Contact us for more information on how to get started.