Basically, this means pain at the front of the knee!
We see a lot of people with knee pain that seems to have come on for no reason, there was no actual injury incident, but the pain is getting worse or just won’t go away. Sometimes the pain is pinpoint specific and sometimes it is more vague.
Anterior knee pain usually causes symptoms of pain going up and down stairs, pain when standing up after sitting for more than half an hour which eases after a few steps and difficulty kneeling on the sore knee.
The source of the pain could be the back of the kneecap itself, sometimes the cartilage on the back of the kneecap can become painful and inflamed. The pain could be coming from the patella tendon which attaches onto the bottom of the kneecap and the top of your shin bone, it could also come from various squashy tissues at the front of the knee which are there to reduce friction when the knee is moving.
Anterior knee pain can be easily helped with physiotherapy – but if it isn’t treated it tends to go on and on, not really getting better on its own. The longer it is left, the worse the pain tends to get the longer it will then take to get better once you visit a physio.
This is a pain that you shouldn’t push through and you shouldn’t ignore.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms please get in contact with us, the sooner the better. We will absolutely be able to help.
Give our lovely reception team a call on 01438 317037 to book in.
Kerri Surman – Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Football is now the top participation sport for women and girls in the uk with over 3 million registered players. The Women’s Super League (WSL) is a fully professional league with the season taking place from September – May.
With any participation in sport comes the risk of injury. Whilst many injuries are the same for women and men, the prevalence is different. If you have any interest in football you’ve probably heard of the dreaded ACL injury. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a strong ligament inside of the knee joint. It gives the knee joint some stability and sends messages to the brain about what position the knee is – this information and stability helps us with our balance, coordination and strength. The ACL is a vital part of our knee anatomy especially for sports that involve lots of twisting, turning, change of speed and change of direction.
Women rupture their ACL’s playing football 2.8 times more often than men. This is thought to be due to differences in knee and hip anatomy, hormonal fluctuations which affect the balance and coordination, differences in the coordination patterns of knee stiffening and imbalances between the leg muscles and the core muscles.
An ACL injury can stop you from playing for 12 months, usually requires surgery if your aim is to return to playing football and then comes with a very hard rehabilitation programme. The aims of rehab are not only to get you back to playing, but to reduce the chances of your surgery failing and to reduce the very high risk that your other knee may become injured. The surgery failure rate in non-professional sports participants is very high due to the lack of physiotherapy input and guidance through the full 12 months of rehab.
If you play football and would like some advice and about how to avoid injury, or maybe you are carrying an injury that you should get checked out, come and visit us at one of our clinics in Stevenage or Hemel Old Towns.
Call to speak to one of our friendly team on 01438 317037
The female ACL: Why is it more prone to injury?. J Orthop. 2016;13(2):A1–A4. Published 2016 Mar 24. doi:10.1016/S0972-978X(16)00023-4