Patellofemoral pain syndrome
Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a condition in which the cartilage under the kneecap tears due to injury or overuse. This also happens due to unstable hipbones and kneecaps. Due to this the bones and soft tissue under the kneecap rub repeatedly causing inflammation. This injury is also known as runner’s knee. The pain intensifies while climbing stairs or performing squatting movements.
This injury is three times more common in men as compared to women. An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the major ligaments that help stabilise our knee joint. It controls the rotation and forward movement of the shin bone. Women have wider pelvises, which creates a greater angle between the hipbones and kneecaps. This drifts the knees inward, which puts extra pressure on the joints, increasing the risk of injury. When women jump or change the direction they are more likely to tear their ACL.
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