We will all experience some type of knee pain once in our life; however studies are being shown now that with the proper strengthening and training we can actually prevent this as we age. This is especially important when it comes to our younger female athletes. We are seeing a higher and higher incident of younger female athletes with knee problems. We attribute this to not only anatomical differences in the female body, but also due to improper training of certain muscle groups that can cause knee problems.

Young women demonstrate less strength and neuromuscular control after puberty according to research presented at the end of February at the Association of Academic Physiatrists. This is why proper training is so essential to help prevent knee problems in this population. Two of the biggest issues we see are chondromalacia of the knee (wearing down of knee cartilage under the knee cap), and ACL injuries.

When you come into Stratton Rehabilitation for your evaluation, you will be evaluated by one of our Physical Therapists. During this evaluation we will assess certain aspects such as strength of your quad muscles, and more importantly strength of your gluteal and hip muscle. Studies have shown the proper strength of this muscle can reduce the stress on the knee from the natural angle of the hip and knee (Also known as the Q Angle). After your evaluation, we will explain to you our findings. We will then take a hands on approach using many techniques from all around the world to help not only reduce your symptoms, but fix the problem.

Many times other providers treat just the symptom and not the cause, which causes a higher chance of reoccurrence of symptoms, as well as increasing the risk of making the injuries worse than they started out. We will perform myofascial release on areas of tightness, neuromuscular reeducation to muscles that are weak and dysfunctional, and modalities to help address overall pain level. With this multidirectional approach and our advanced techniques we can help prevent your young athlete from further injuring themselves and prolong their playing career.

We invite you to come to one of our two locations and “feel the difference.”

Matthew Jendrusch PT, CKTP