What is Patellofemoral Pain?
“Patellofemoral pain (PFP)” may not be a familiar term, however there is a good chance you are familiar with the pain associated with this condition (especially if you are young and active!). PFP has also been referred to as anterior knee pain or chondromalacia patella. According to the journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy (JOSPT), PFP is the most common reason that active people seek health care. In fact, JOSPT states that 2.5 million runners are diagnosed with PFP each year. It is also interesting to note that women are at higher risk for developing PFP, and the pain is most often recurring, meaning even after the pain has gone away, it is pretty likely it will come back. Recurrence rates have been cited as high as 90%. So what is the problem? What is patellofemoral pain, why do you get it, and what are some things you can do to fix it?
As a physical therapist I have a lot of opportunities to talk to patients each day. We obviously talk a lot about things such as their accident or injury and what they can do to maximize their outcome following a back injury or knee surgery; but it’s also a unique opportunity to discuss family, careers, life, and wellness. At the Fit Stop we are concerned about your overall wellness as well as your current injury. Over the years I have asked hundreds of individuals what they do to stay in shape and how they manage to stay healthy. Today on the Fit Stop Blog I wanted to share with you a few of my findings – specifically what you can do to eat healthier and enjoy many years of healthy, active living. Read more below…
Clicking, popping, catching, grinding… all are symptoms we hear regularly about the jaw. But what is this jaw pain you’re experiencing and how can physical therapy help? Today we have Tyler Bluth, PT, MPT, writing for us; he is going to explain tempero-mandibular joint (TMJ) pain and why physical therapy might be your best bet at helping it to feel better.
How Can Physical Therapy Help You Feel Better?
When you think physical therapy, what comes to your mind? Most likely you think of walking in a hospital after surgery or professional athletes rehabbing an injury. But did you know that physical therapists treat much, much more than that? From low back pain to headaches; knee pain to neck pain after an accident – physical therapists are skilled professionals who provide a wide variety of specialized interventions to help you to feel better as fast as possible. Today I’m sharing with you a few of the most-common treatments utilized by our physical therapists here at Fit Stop that will help you decrease pain and increase function, and return to life as quickly as possible!
Let’s face it, body aches and pains are a fact of life. If you’ve managed to avoid them thus far, congratulations! Unfortunately, however, the day is coming when you will hurt for one reason or another. We as humans are always “pulling something”, “feeling a pop”, and the classic “I don’t know what I did but now this hurts so bad”.
When pain comes, what do you do? Where do you turn? For most of us, our first line of defense is our primary care physician. But did you know that might not always be your best option? There may be a better alternative that can help you to get better faster, more completely, and at a decreased cost to you. Today here on the Fit Stop Blog I’m sharing 10 reasons why you should go see a physical therapist for your next injury. Here we go!
Here at Fit Stop Physical Therapy our primary goal is to help you to achieve your maximum potential. We take an integrated approach between one-on-one, hands-on interventions, guided therapeutic exercises, a progressive home exercise program, and patient education to help eliminate your pain, improve function, and get you back to the wellness you need to enjoy.
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