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Knee Pain - Runner’s Knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome)

What is runner’s knee?

This mostly occurs when there is undue friction between the knee-cap (patella) and the knee joint. The thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia) form the knee joint. The thigh bone has a little groove that the knee-cap slides up and down in as the leg bends and straightens. Various factors can change the way the knee-cap moves in that groove, causing the friction. These factors include:

- Muscle imbalances around the knee joint

- Abnormal anatomy

- Wearing the incorrect shoes

- Improper training techniques

What are the symptoms of runner’s knee?

You can either have a persistent, dull ache under the patella or a sharp, stabbing pain while walking or running. It is also often called movie goer’s knee, as straightening the knees after a period of sitting can be very uncomfortable. Rest often relieves the symptoms.

How can physiotherapy help? 

Your therapist will start with a full postural analysis, gait (walking pattern) analysis and assessment of muscle sequencing. He/she will exclude other possibilities that might cause knee pain, such as ligament damage, arthritis, shin, thigh and hip injuries etc. Treatment will then most likely consist of a combination of the following:

- Pain management and reduction of inflammation

- Mobilisation of the knee joint and patella

- Soft tissue mobilisation around the knee joint

- Strapping in order to correct the patella position and tracking

- Exercise program focussed on establishing muscle balance and good muscle sequencing



How I work

I assess and treat every patient holistically, taking into account the physical, emotional and biochemical aspects. I spend time to determine the root cause of the problem and to educate my patients on what I have discovered. I involve my patient in his/her rehabilitation by way of discussions, coaching and home exercise programs, which I tailor to their schedule and current activity level. I work together with my patients in order to rehabilitate them back to personal power, wellness and wholeness.

Benefits of using Monique De Beer Physiotherapist

Relieving symptoms, but treating the

Education in understanding your problem

Focus on prevention of future problems

Provide appropriate home exercise
program to facilitate self-management

Aim for an average of 3 treatments






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Support and Guarantee

I guarantee that I will use all my knowledge and experience responsibly towards achieving the best outcome for my patients. I am available to answer questions, upgrade exercise programs and just give general advice and support if patients, present or past, are unsure about managing their conditions.

Why use me?

Take a comprehensive history

Provide undivided attention for the duration of the treatment

Treat you as a whole person, not just a sum of symptoms

I believe in making a correct diagnosis

Referral to the appropriate specialist if needed

Know your injury