Knee Pain (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome)
Badminton requires a myriad of movement patterns including pivot and turn, lunges, jumps, back peddling etc. Most knee problems occur with fatigue, which leads to poor footwork and more use of the knee joint vs the muscles. The increase torque on the knee along with decreasing knee stability will increase the loading stress over the knee joint.
What can you do?
Consider wearing a sleeve brace to support fatigue muscles when playing long matches,
Stay light on the toes and try to minimize overreaching or over lunging for shuttles.
What can MyPhysio do?
We will usually start with some knee testing to see what structures are involved if there is no prior MRIs taken.
Next we check for any muscle imbalances in both legs.
Provide good advice on proper activity and movement modifications to prevent continuous irritation on the knee.
Our first goal is to get you pain free while concurrently improving on your knee mechanics to maximize usage of your knee musculature rather than excessively using your knee joints or ligaments. We go through footwork drills for all strokes and direction to improve movement patterns and speed.