Why Can’t I Bend My Knees?

  • Posted on: Feb 14 2023
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It’s easy to make jokes about knee pain as we age, but some situations are worth paying attention to. When your knee pain makes it challenging to navigate regular tasks, it may be time to consult a professional opinion. Dr. Desio specializes in treating many knee conditions, such as Patellofemoral syndrome. If your knee pain robs you of the ability to bend your knee, it may have a connection to patellofemoral syndrome. Here are some things you should know about Patellofemoral syndrome and how our office can help restore your quality of life.

What is Patellofemoral Syndrome?

If you haven’t heard of patellofemoral syndrome, you aren’t alone. Many people commonly refer to the condition as runners knee because it is common among athletes who run and jump as part of their sports. Some people believe that chronic knee pain is a standard aging product, but some situations indicate a more significant problem. 

For instance, if you experience popping in your knee or notice that your knee gives your when you make bending motions, it could be a sign that you’re dealing with patellofemoral syndrome.

Patellofemoral syndrome typically manifests in the front of the knee, making it difficult to sit, walk on stairs, or squat without experiencing pain. Although it is common among athletes, it can affect many people near or younger than 60 years old.

Risk Factors for Patellofemoral Syndrome

Some factors can increase the likelihood of someone developing patellofemoral syndrome. One of the more common causes of the condition is knee overuse. Placing the knee under constant stress can eventually wear the joint down and weaken it, causing instability and pain. Other risk factors for patellofemoral syndrome can include

  • Muscle imbalance
  • Injury
  • Surgery
  • Age

Prevention and Treatment

While prevention strategies don’t stop all cases of patellofemoral syndrome, you can do a few things to reduce your risk. First, getting regular exercise can keep your knee strong. Participating in hip and quadricep exercises can help stabilize the area surrounding the knee and strengthen its support system. Also, keeping your weight under control can help relieve pressure on your knees, restoring your mobility and reducing pain.

In some situations, preventative strategies aren’t enough, but Dr. Desio has treatment strategies designed to help you get relief. Our office can provide a customized physical therapy program tailored to your needs, helping to rebuild your strength and restore your quality of life. The first step in learning more about how we can help is to schedule a consultation with our Worcester office. Please call us at 508.363.6363 to schedule your appointment.

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