Knee Pain (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome)
Rugby requires a myriad of movement patterns including cutting, jumps, back peddling etc. Most knee problems occur with fatigue, which leads to poor footwork and greater use of the knee joint vs the muscles. The repetitive start stop torque on the knee along with decreasing knee stability from fatigue 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,
Regular conditioning and muscle relaxation therapy to balance out tension build up in the muscle around the knee.
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 on your balance and foot structure.
Provide good advice on proper rest and certain movement patterns to avoid.
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 your knee joint or ligaments.
We go through footwork drills, strength and conditioning advice to correct muscle imbalance and optimise mechanic efficiency, strength and power to reduce risk of injury.