Can we help with your knee problems?
Most knee problems can be resolved by a short course of treatments, treating the muscles that control the knee cap. In some cases, the use of prescription orthotics will be recommended, if poor foot mechanics are a factor in your condition.
What is Runners / Joggers Knee?
This term is used to describe discomfort and pain around and behind the kneecap, and the inner part of the knee. Patello-Femoral Pain (PFP as it is medically known) results from the altered movement of the kneecap as a result of an imbalance in the thigh muscles. This condition used to be known as Chondromalacia Patellae. The thigh muscles can become imbalanced due to over-reliance on the outer muscles. This can be the result of over-training, lifestyle or a loss of height in the arches of your feet. This movement, or mal-tracking, of the kneecap, causes pain as the cartilage becomes worn in an uneven pattern.
Pain is often felt during or shortly after exercise, or when squatting or kneeling down. Symptoms may also be felt when walking downstairs or downhill and even, in some cases, just sitting. The knee may swell and feel hot, and a grinding or clicking sound may be heard when the knee bends.
Will Pain Relieving Drugs Help With My Knee?
Inflammation can be greatly reduced with the use of NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol. Although they can reduce the inflammation caused by your knee problem, they do not address the underlying problem. They can, in some cases, cause stomach problems, such as acid reflux and constipation.
It is important not to use painkilling drugs before engaging in a physical activity. This is because, without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and further aggravate your knee condition. However, they are very useful in helping you get a good night’s sleep, which is a vitally important part of your recovery.
If you are already taking medication prescribed by a doctor, you should always ask the advice of a Doctor or Pharmacist before self-medicating, as some painkilling drugs can affect the effectiveness of your medication, and can sometimes be dangerous.