Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Treatment in Fort Myers, FL

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Megan’s Athletic Scholarship Was a Cinch, Until PFPS Yanked It Away

Continue to Read Below & Learn How To Treat a Common Form of Teenage

Knee Pain

All her life, Megan loved to run.

She naturally became a track star at her junior and senior high schools until that terrible day in April, during the big district track meet.

On that day, her high school coach told her there was a scout for a big university in the crowd.

He was there to watch her performance, and winning would probably ensure a scholarship.

Megan’s knees had been hurting for a while, especially when walking down the stairs.

She kept ignoring it by taking drug store pain pills, thinking it was just a strain and that she just needed to stretch more.

She ran every day and would go to practice with her friends like everything was fine.

Like most teens, Megan was scared to tell her parents because she didn’t want to let them down. And… if the coach found out, he would take her out of the race.

On the day of the big meet, Megan was in top shape. The referee raised his starting pistol and started the race.

Megan flew, and about halfway around the first lap, she was already five paces in the lead, and the crowd was on their feet cheering.

Then something happened….she started slowing down.

Within seconds she was getting passed by the other runners.

Megan stopped running and hobbled to the side of the track holding her right knee. She cried as her throbbing knee signaled the end of her dreams of a scholarship.

So, what caused her knee to give out?

The Sad Statistics Of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Megan had something called Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or PFPS, the most common cause of knee pain in female athletes.

Sometimes known as “runner’s knee,” women are more likely to develop this frontal or anterior knee pain than men.

One study estimates that 12% to 13% of 18 to 35-year-old females in the U.S. get PFPS. 55% of all PFPS patients are female.

Some of the reasons teenagers and young adults experience this more than other groups are:

● Playing sports, especially running, jumping, skiing, bicycling, and soccer
● Having a previous kneecap injury
● Being overweight

If you are in charge of a budding young athlete, you need to be watchful of his or her knees. 

If they seem stiff when standing up from a sitting position or complain about stairs, there may be a deeper problem in their knee that will only worsen if ignored.

What Is PFPS?

What Is PFPS?

Your kneecap or patella sits over the front of the knee joint. As you bend or straighten the knee, the underside of the patella glides over the two bones that make up the knee joint.knee meniscus treatment

Visualize a bobsled sliding down a curved track. Everything runs smoothly going down the center.

But if it goes off track, there is a lot of twisting and scraping, ending in a painful experience.

It’s the same with your kneecap, called the patella.

It should glide smoothly up and down the groove at the ends of the thigh bones. When it gets out of the groove and onto the edge, the friction wears away the cartilage, causing pain and swelling.

Two primary tendons attach the kneecap to the bones and muscles surrounding the knee and make it work. These tendons are:

1. The Patellar Tendon – This one attaches the kneecap to the shin bone.
2. The Quadriceps Tendon – The quadriceps tendon attaches the thigh muscles to the top of the kneecap.

Anterior knee pain happens when the kneecap does not move in the proper channel (called the patellofemoral joint) and rubs against the lower part of the thigh bone instead.

The misalignment may occur for a few reasons, such as:

● The kneecap is in an angled position
● The thigh muscles may be either too tight or too weak, pulling the patella to one side
● Various athletic activities place tremendous stress on the kneecap
● The leg and core muscles are not balanced
● The patellofemoral joint groove is too shallow
● The person has flat feet

PFPS is NOT a temporary condition.

However, with proper therapies, you can get your knees back to normal, as you’ll learn in a moment.

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What are the Symptoms of PFPS?

What are the Symptoms of PFPS?

When one set of muscles and tendons is stronger than the other, an imbalance forces the patella to one side in its track. Each time you bend or flex the knee, the kneecap is scraping on the edge of the bone. In most cases, symptoms of PFPS develop gradually and get worse with increased physical activity.

Many people feel a dull, aching pain in the front of the problem knee.

Have you experienced pain during any of these actions?

●  Activities that bend the knee, including squatting or climbing stairs
●  Standing after sitting for a long time with bent knees
●  Hearing crackling or popping sounds from your knee when walking or standing up
●  Pain increases while playing sports, using leg exercise equipment, or running

Most people with this knee problem report that it hurts worse going down the stairs than going up.

How Do You Treat Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

How Do You Treat Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

Through personal experience and years of research, I’ve found that the only way to treat PFPS is to treat the cause and not just the symptom. The common causes are flat feet, weak quads, weak glutes, stiff ankles, or a wide pelvis, as I’ve mentioned.

For example, have you heard of “Quadriceps?” The quadriceps muscles, or “Quads,” are a group of four muscles on the front of your thighs. The conservative management of PFPS pain begins with strengthening and balancing two of these muscles that attach to the patella, the vastus medialis and vastus lateralis.  The primary function of these thigh muscles is to extend the knee. The vastus muscles allow you to stand up from the seated position and propel you while walking, running, and jumping.

We check for all the possible causes because surgery is the absolute last resort if all conservative management treatments have failed.

Fortunately for Megan, she found the Back in Motion Clinic in Ft. Myers. Our team uses something called the Gray Method™ to get to the root cause of her knee problem. The Gray Method™ got her knees back in shape without surgery.

Introducing the Gray Method™ to Treat PFPS

Introducing the Gray Method™ to Treat PFPS

Hi. I’m Dr. Scott Gray, an orthopedic doctor, author, and leading expert on the topic of knee pain. I have first-hand experience with knee pain, including four unsuccessful surgeries to fix my problem. After years of research and pain, I developed a natural and permanent solution to knee pain called the Gray Method™. Rather than addressing the pain symptoms, this method gets to the root cause of the problem, just like Megan’s.

My team and I use a three-step process:

Step 1

Is to gather the patient’s medical history. They want to know if you’ve experienced trauma or disease in the knee or anywhere else in your body.

Step 2

Begins with a thorough examination of the knee and the entire musculoskeletal system. The primary difference between the Gray Method™ and other therapies is the belief that the root cause of knee pain lies elsewhere on the body. Our therapists will discover if specific muscles are too weak, too tight, or if you have any muscle imbalances. The exam will uncover if flat feet, arthritis, a hip problem, or something else caused the kneecap to become misaligned.

Step 3

Reveals the diagnosis and prognosis. The team will recommend a course of therapy based on your situation.

Getting Your Knees… and Life Back

Getting Your Knees… and Life Back

The Gray Method™ treatment consists of five interactive components to treat knee pain:

1. Releasing tight muscles or trigger points
2. Strengthening the weak muscles
3. Mobilizing or manipulating the tight joints
4. Improving the body’s posture
5. Educating you on the proper treatment of your knees

During the exam, therapists look at your posture and how it changes the stability and positioning of the knee.

One of the main reasons that growing young women are more susceptible to PFPS is that their pelvises widen naturally. This growth changes the angle where the thigh bones meet the patella, resulting in extra pressure on a young lady’s knees.

If flat feet are also a problem, they prescribe orthotics. Everything about the Gray Method™ focuses on fixing the root cause of why the patella gets out of line. Knee pain is merely a symptom caused by an issue of the foot or hip.

After Dr. Gray’s team assessed Megan’s condition, they gave her a plan to get her back on track… literally!

For the first few weeks, they made her stop running and limited her walking. They also let her briefly take some painkillers and anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling and pain. In her case, they created custom orthotics for her to wear in her shoes while walking and running. Her feet were part of the problem. She had a shallow arch which gave her poor posture and kept her knee joint off-center. Along with orthotics, they created a rehabilitation program tailored just for her.

Megan thought she would never run competitively again. But, within just eight weeks, Megan was running with her team again. The dream of a scholarship is still alive, and thanks to the Gray Method™, Megan permanently solved her knee problem.

If You Think You Have PFPS, What Should You Do?

If You Think You Have PFPS, What Should You Do?

Don’t suffer any longer if you or someone you love has knee pain.

If you’ve tried hot pads, ice, massages, and even acupuncture, but nothing helps for long, you need to see my team and me.

Taking pain pills will never solve your problem and can increase the damage by masking the pain.

The Back in Motion team will work with you to solve your knee pain permanently without surgery.

However, you must see us now before the problem gets worse.

Do you have any questions, concerns, or would you like further guidance?

You have three ways to work with us:

1. Apply for a free in-person discovery visit and consultation.
2. Apply for a free phone consultation
3. Inquire about your knee issue or book an appointment

We can help 95% of the people that we see. You will receive a customized treatment plan to get you feeling normal again.

If you are dealing with your knee problem or a parent of a teen with knee pain, we would be pleased to see you in one of our clinics. We offer physical therapy in Fort Myers, Florida, and physical therapy in Cape Coral, Florida.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Dr. Scott Gray

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