Knee Pain Treatment for Young Athletes in la mesa & alpine

The most common cause of knee pain in young athletes is patellofemoral pain syndrome, which is a broad term for anterior knee pain surrounding the patella (the kneecap). The pain is typically due to overuse, so parent’s should be aware of the signs and symptoms if their children are athletes. 

When the knee pain is isolated to the area just under the kneecap, it’s likely Osgood Schlatters Disease. When the patella forms in infancy, it attaches to the tibia through the patellar tendon. During the growth spurts of puberty, childrens’ muscle growth often fails to keep up with the growth of the bones. The patellar tendon begins to pull away from the knee, causing pain.

How does knee pain manifest?

Symptoms of Knee Pain

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Pain surrounding the kneecap

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Swelling on the bottom portion of the knee near the growth plate

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Pain right below the knee cap during running or exercise

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What could knee pain be?

Common Causes of Knee Pain

Knee pain can occur for many different reasons. Overuse, inactivity, or simply sitting on the knees for too long can cause discomfort. Whatever the culprit, the best thing you can do for your young athlete is to stay informed of the symptoms, understand the causes and know how to treat or make them more comfortable.

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Patellofemoral syndrome

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Overuse through heavy physical activity

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Inactivity or lack of use

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Strains, sprains or other injuries

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Sitting or kneeling in a constrained position

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Sitting on the knees for long periods of time

You may have heard the phrase “growing pains.” It’s the phrase that people use to describe the pain around the joints that occurs during puberty. The knees are commonly effected by these growing pains, and parents can best help their children by staying informed on the issues and how to treat them.

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Osgood Schlatters disease

How we help

Alleviating Knee Pain

Kinesio Tape

When the joints are swollen and inflamed, kinesio taping can be used to provide more stability to the knee during healing.

Knee Brace

When the patellar tendon is puling away from the tibia, a knee brace can hold the tendon down and in proper position.

Rehabilitation

Strains, sprains and knee injuries may be best resolved with rehabilitation and other chiropractic treatment.

how can rehab and support help?

Benefits of Chiropractic

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Relieve Pain

Proper supports, like kinesio taping or knee braces, can help relieve pain and play a key role in a young patient’s recovery.

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Encourage healing

Stabilizing the knee after injury will encourage healing and reduce your athlete’s recovery time.

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Enhance Performance

Proper rehabilitation and maintenance appointments at Awesome Family Chiropractic can enhance the performance of young athletes.