The patella is attached to the quadriceps tendon proximally and to the patellar tendon distally and articulates with the patellofemoral groove on the femur to form the patellofemoral joint. The patella slides over the groove during knee flexion. However, if the vastus lateralis is stronger than the vastus medialis, the imbalance forces the patella out of the groove. The same misalignment may occur if the side of the patella sustains a physical impact or if the knee twists strongly, which may happen upon landing from a jump.
This injury may cause pain and swelling or a feeling of pressure behind the patella, especially during knee flexion and extension.
Dry needling acupuncture is very effective for treating this injury. Needles can be applied directly into the inflamed, tender, swollen, and painful area. Needles can be applied to the quadriceps to balance the muscle tension on the patella. In addition, the treatment is used to balance the entire muscu-loskeletal system. Two treatment sessions per week should be provided.
The potential for this injury can be reduced by weekly balancing treatment.
SPORTS INJURIES BELOW THE KNEE
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