Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, also referred to as “Runner’s Knee”, is a common knee pain disorder most often seen in those who actively play soccer, volleyball or basketball, along with runners and cyclists. This condition is usually caused by abnormal forces and strong impacts that cause contact between the posterior surface of the patella (kneecap) and the femur (thighbone), such as running and jumping.
Symptoms of this condition is pain (typically aching and occasionally sharp) around the front of the knee joint and under the kneecap. Pain levels range from mild to severe, and can be created while ascending or descending slopes or stairs, squatting, running or kneeling.
While there are many treatments available, acupuncture is very effective in relieving the pain of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome along with other conditions of knee pain. Acupuncture treatments, which are usually performed weekly for about 6-10 weeks, can help reduce inflammation, pain and improve mobility.
The application of heat together with electro stimulation enhances the treatment result. During the Acupuncture treatment, the needles are inserted within the parameter of the patella and surrounding muscle areas, such as the quadriceps muscles. This treatment will have a relaxing effect on these muscles and the overall knee, which are usually very tight in these situations.
MO JAVAHERIAN, DAOM L.AC
Doctor of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine