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No Way To Cap Off A Run

Chondromalacia, commonly known as "runner's knee", produces burning behind the kneecap, pain while climbing stairs, stiffness after periods of inactivity, and painful popping of the knee. 

These symptoms arise from a softening of the joint surface between the kneecap and the end of the femur. It can be caused by a misaligned kneecap that tilts or pulls to the outside of the knee or by tight quadriceps. Worn-out running shoes or sudden increases in running mileage or intensity may also contribute to the problem. With this in mind, it may help to switch to new running shoes at least every 500 miles. In addition, the quadriceps should be stretched regularly to increase the flexibility of the knee. On reason that women may experience "runner knee" more than men may have to do with anatomical differences that cerate increased lateral forces on the patella.

Of course, limping marathoners with runner's knee aren't the only ones who can benefit from consulting a good physical therapist. At our facility, we can create a therapy regimen just for you, whether it's fixing your aching knee, strengthening a pulled back muscle, managing the pain from arthritis, or overcoming a fall, accident, or sports injury. We also provide in-home visits for those who can't travel easily. If you want to feel better, call 949-429-3220 to learn more or visit our office at 27136 B. Paseo Espada, Suite 1103, San Juan Capistrano. 

P.S. Be sure to watch Fox Ch. 11 this Saturday, 1/23/10 from 7:00pm to 7:30pm to see Flex Physical Therapy discuss the benefits of laser therapy.  Other Medical topics of interest will also be shown. Tune in to catch the latest in medical technology.