Kneecap pain when bending — five possible causes

Kneecap Pain When Bending

Knee pain is so frustrating because of the specific way it can diminish your ability to perform basic everyday activities. Whether it means working in the yard, doing household chores or playing a round of golf, knee pain can be highly debilitating no matter where it is located. 

For many, knee issues can manifest in the form of kneecap pain when bending. If you are dealing with this type of pain and it has not improved in a very short time, you should see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. The good news is that this type of pain is very often highly treatable. By understanding some of the potential causes of this type of knee pain, you can give yourself the ability to take a proactive approach with your care. 

Here are some of the conditions that often cause kneecap pain

People going to see their doctor regarding kneecap pain are often diagnosed with one of these injuries or conditions:

  1. Runner’s knee — Also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, this injury is common among runners and the physically active. 
  2. Arthritis — This is an extremely common age-related condition that results in inflammation of the joints, including the knee. 
  3. MCL sprain or tear — The medial collateral ligament runs along the inside of the knee and is often sprained, or torn, by athletes. However, anyone can be affected.  
  4. ACL sprain or tear — The anterior cruciate ligament is on the inside of the knee joint and is often torn by people who play demanding sports such as football or soccer.
  5. Muscle strain — Although we think of muscle strains as causing pain around the knee, in some cases, a strained muscle can feel like kneecap pain. 

While exact treatment methods will differ depending on the condition, in many cases, physical therapy will be recommended to help patients restore function. 

At Armor, our experts can work with you to relieve kneecap pain

When you come to one of our locations, you’ll receive one-on-one care to help you overcome kneecap pain. If symptoms are worse while bending, our biomechanical experts can ask questions and perform movement tests to pinpoint the source of this pain. With this information, we can work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that consists of hands-on therapy, strength and stability exercises, and posture and movement training to help reduce stress on the knee and promote healing. 

We’d love to help you get back to the level of activity you’re used to if kneecap pain is affecting your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule your initial appointment.

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