Gavin Burt is a registered osteopath specialising in running related injuries. He graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine with a first class honours degree in Osteopathic Medicine in 1998. He is a veteran long distance runner and managing director of Backs & Beyond Ltd (www.backsandbeyond.co.uk) in North London.
Here are his top tips on diagnosing and treating PFPS -
By far the most common running injury that darkens my door, and i’m sure the doors of most osteopaths and physiotherapists, is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.
Also known as Runner’s Knee, PFPS is when the cartilage between the kneecap and the knee becomes irritated and inflamed, resulting in pain at the front of the knee while running.
As well as being a really common injury, if left to its own devices and not treated promptly and properly, it can end up creating knock on effects to other joints (remember the knee bone’s connected to the leg bone etc etc….!). It can even lead to something altogether more serious, Chondromalacia Patella, a condition where the cartilage behind the kneecap actually becomes frayed and damaged.
It all sounds rather depressing, but there is lots of good news. You should be able to identify it, effectively treat it, and take constructive steps to avoid it happening again.
How to identify it - Page 2