What Is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? (2021)
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by Tanvi Maharaja, DPT, OCS
4d ago
Patellofemoral pain syndrome, or PFPS, describes pain in the front of the knee after sitting with your knees bent for a while, especially when you sit in a tight space on a long flight or in a movie theater. Sometimes PFPS is called “runners’ knee”, which is a vague term to describe PFPS in runners. Women are twice as likely to get PFPS than men, according to a U.S. military study of more than 1,500 people as well as a review about female athletes and PFPS.  Causes Overuse or overload are two common risk factors that cause PFPS. These factors can be increased by too much running, too much ..read more
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What is MCL injury? Causes, Treatments, Evidence
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by Nick Ng, BA, CMT
2w ago
An MCL injury is a sprain or tear of the medial collateral ligament, which is located on the inner side of the knee. It’s made up of a strong band of connective tissues that connects your femur to your tibia. The MCL works with the other knee ligaments—anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) to stabilize your knee and prevent it from caving inward excessively, like knee valgus. Causes MCL injuries are mainly caused by a direct hit from the lateral side of the knee while the foot is planted on the ground. This causes the knee to ..read more
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Can Massage Help an LCL Injury?
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by Laura Allen, LMT
2w ago
An LCL injury refers to a tear or sprain to the lateral collateral ligament, which is on the outer side of the knee. The ligament connects the femur to the fibula and works with the medial collateral ligament (MCL) to limit side-to-side motion of the knee and brace it against unusual movement. They keep the knee in a rigid position while standing, and assist the joint when the leg is in motion. In a study of 6.6 million U.S. emergency room visits for knee injuries from 1999 to 2008, about 42% were diagnosed as ligament injuries, mainly from young to middle-age patients who participated in spor ..read more
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Can a Lateral Meniscus Tear Heal Itself, and Does Massage Work?
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by Penny Goldberg, DPT, ATC
3w ago
A lateral meniscus tear is a rip in the cartilage on the outer side of the knee joint, which may cause pain, swelling, and limited knee movement. The incidence of meniscus tears has been reported to be 12% to 14%. This number may be as high as 50% as we age.  Meniscus tears are the second most common injury to the knee. Surgery is often used to treat such tears, but recent recommendations suggest surgery should be delayed in the absence of mechanical symptoms.  Recovery from a partial lateral meniscus tear can be between 16 to 24 weeks, according to a 2022 study. But the researchers ..read more
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What Is Pes Anserine Bursitis?
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by Penny Goldberg, DPT, ATC
3w ago
Pes anserine bursitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the bursa located between the tibia and the three tendons of the hamstring muscle at the inside of the knee. Pes anserine is Latin for “goose’s foot” because of its shape. It can result from direct trauma, overuse, or as part of the secondary symptoms of another disease. How common is it? It’s difficult to determine the frequency of pes anserine bursitis due to the considerable overlap with other knee conditions. A study that drew on data from more than 4,200 adults found that the most common people with osteoarthritis were present i ..read more
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Medial Meniscus Tear: Do You Need Surgery?
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by Laura Allen, LMT
3w ago
Your knee consists of a medial and a lateral menisci, one on the inner side (medial) and one on the outer side (lateral), situated between the respective ends of the femur and the tibia. A medial meniscus is a C-shaped cartilage that acts as a cushion and provides stability by distributing weight and reducing friction during movement. It helps absorb shock and prevents the bones in the knee from rubbing against each other. In the developing fetus, the meniscus has a complete blood supply, but by adulthood, that goes down to 10% to 25% for the medial meniscus and 10% to 30% for the lateral meni ..read more
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Hamstring Strain: Should You Get a Massage?
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by Nick Ng, BA, CMT
1M ago
A hamstring strain or a pulled hamstring is an injury where one or more of the three hamstring muscles (biceps femoris, semitendinosus, and semimembranosus) get overstretched or torn. It often occurs at the long head of the biceps femoris during the end phase of the leg swing during a sprint. It usually happens toward the hip joint rather than toward the knee, but the painful symptoms may be felt at the back of the knee.  Hamstring strains can put athletes out of commission for many weeks or months, depending on the severity of the injury and recovery time. Field sports, like American foo ..read more
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Should You Get a Massage for Deep Vein Thrombosis?
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by Nick Ng, BA, CMT
1M ago
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is where a blood clot forms in a vein that is deep in your body, and sometimes, its symptoms can be felt in behind your knee when the clot is formed or forming in the popliteal vein. This can be fatal if the clot breaks off and travels to the heart or lungs, which can cause pulmonary embolism.  This is what had happened to NBC war journalist David Bloom, 39, who died from DVT in April 2003 when he was covering the Iraq War in Iraq. His wife, Melanie, raised national awareness to DVT since then, including features on Larry King Live and Oprah. (Personally, my own ..read more
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What Does a PCL Tear Feel Like? Treatment, Recovery, Evidence
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by Nick Ng, BA, CMT
1M ago
A posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tear is an injury in the back of your knee, which can cause pain, instability, and difficulty walking or participating in physical activities. While it’s less common than other types of knee ligament injuries, like an ACL tear or a LCL tear, it still can limit your ability to move. PCL anatomy The PCL is the strongest knee ligament and is made up of two parts: anterolateral and posteromedial bands. Like all ligaments, these bundles of fibrous tissues have a poor blood supply, which makes injuries to the PCL longer and more difficult to heal than most structu ..read more
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Baker’s Cyst: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, and Massage
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by Nick Ng, BA, CMT
1M ago
A Baker’s cyst, or a popliteal cyst, is the inflammation of a bursa in the back of the knee. This is often caused by rapid accumulation of the fluids in the bursa, which may lead to inflammation from constant rubbing of the muscles and tendons during movement.  While this is more common among adults with a history of knee or leg trauma, a Baker’s cyst can develop with other joint diseases and disorders, such as arthritis and meniscus tears. Posterior knee anatomy The knee has several types of bursae that reduce friction between the bones, muscles, and tendons during movement. The Baker’s ..read more
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