Patella femoral syndrome
Patella femoral syndrome is the medical term for a knee injury. This knee injury frequently occurs in athletes, and it is also called patella femoral pain syndrome or patella femoral compression syndrome.
The most common symptom of this condition is the pain that occurs around the kneecap. This pain usually becomes worse when the person increases an activity. Furthermore, the people with patella femoral syndrome may experience a grinding sensation in the knee, or popping of the knee. Any activity, such as running, jumping, and jogging as well as squatting, only makes the pain more prominent. When one rests, the pain disappears but the condition is not cured. It appears again with any activity that includes knee movement.
Patella femoral syndrome exercises
The main purpose of patella femoral syndrome exercises is the strengthening of the quadricep muscles, which enable the movement of the patella bones. These exercises also are very good for stretching the hip and hamstring, as well as calf and iliotibial band. The pain that occurs due to patella femoral syndrome is much relieved by the patella femoral syndrome exercises. When one opts for these exercises, it is important to do them regularly. They are very simple and not very strenuous. On the average, it takes 6 weeks to treat patella femoral syndrome completely.
- The first patella femoral syndrome exercise is an isometric exercise, which is good for the strengthening of the quadriceps. The person should lie on the back and fold the left leg at the knee, while the right should be kept straight. Then the right leg should be slightly lifted and after a while brought down. This should be repeated ten times and with both legs.
- The second patella femoral syndrome exercise is iliotibial band and buttock stretch. The person should sit on the floor with right leg folded at the knee, while the left leg is stretched. Then the person should turn towards the right side and try to push the right leg with the left arm. It should be repeated with both legs ten times.
- In the third patella femoral syndrome exercise, the person is in a standing position with the right leg crossed over the left leg. Then the person should slowly bend down. This exercise should be repeated with both legs ten times.
- In the fourth patella femoral syndrome exercise, the person is in a standing position and should lift the left leg and try to bring the left knee towards the chest. This exercise should be repeated ten times with both legs.