This will cause the knee cap (patellar) to be out of line as the knee bends and straightens, causing the knee joint (patellofemoral joint) to become irritated and painful. As this movement is repeated the joint will become more and more irritated and the individual will need to stop running because of the pain.
How can physiotherapy help with repetitive strain injuries?
All the physiotherapists at Total Physfiotherapy are extremely well trained in identifying and treating overuse injuries. Firstly the physiotherapist will need to complete a thorough assessment to determine the nature and severity of the injury before developing a treatment program. The physiotherapist will then advise the patient to modify the certain activity/movement that is causing the injury. Once the source of the problem has been identified the physiotherapist may use a combination of treatments, such as: Ultrasound, exercise therapy, soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation, trigger point release and postural correction.
Podiatry and Insoles
At Total Physiotherapy we are trained at using insoles to treat overuse injuries in relation to poor foot posture and stability. If we feel that the patient could benefit from a further specialist assessment then we can refer to a podiatrist who can look at providing custom made insoles. However with the addition of anti-pronation insoles from our clinic, certain overuse injuries such as anterior knee pain, shin splints and Achilles tendonopathy can be treated successfully. This will correct the biomechanical problem through providing extra support to the foot and ankle complex and ensuring correct alignment.
If you would like to discuss your problem before booking an appointment please give our physiotherapy team a call, we will do our best to help.