Physical therapy for patellofemoral pain syndrome in Upper West Side, New York

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Upper West Side, New York, Luna PTs specialize in treating patients suffering from PFPS and chronic knee pain. Our licensed therapists work with patients on a 1-to-1 basis to create a targeted program of passive and active treatments.

The best part? With Luna, patients can receive physical therapy right in the comfort of their own homes. Our therapists come to you — it’s physical therapy, delivered.


What is patellofemoral pain syndrome?

Also known as “runner’s knee,” patellofemoral pain syndrome refers to chronic pain in the patella, or kneecap. The condition is especially common in athletes and individuals who engage in activities that place inordinate stress on the knee joint.

The symptoms of patellofemoral pain syndrome range from mild discomfort to severe, even debilitating pain, however, the condition typically doesn’t require surgical intervention. Lifestyle changes and physical therapy exercises can resolve the condition altogether and help patients return to everyday activities.

Source: Healthline

The symptoms of Patellofemoral pain syndrome

The symptom most commonly associated with PFPS is a persistent dull, aching pain in the front of the knee. The sensation can be present in one or both knees, and tends to begin gradually and worsen during or immediately following activity.

Patients may experience increased discomfort when engaging in activities that require bending the knee, such as climbing stairs, squatting, or sitting for a prolonged period of time. A popping or crackling sensation will often accompany the pain.

The most common symptoms of patellofemoral pain syndrome include:

  • Pain in the knee
  • Increased pain during or after activity
  • Increased pain after sitting for a long period of time
  • Crackling or popping sensation in the knee

Source: OrthoInfo


What causes patellofemoral pain syndrome?

The condition is strongly associated with a number of activities and risk factors. Overuse is perhaps the primary contributing factor; patients who frequently run, jump, or otherwise place repeated stress on the knee are at high risk. In addition, a previous injury to or surgery on the knee represents a major risk factor.

Some physiological traits can also increase a patient’s risk of developing patellofemoral pain syndrome. For example, as with ACL injuries, PFPS is more likely to affect women. Muscular imbalances or weaknesses, such as a misaligned kneecap likewise represent secondary risk factors.

The most common causes of patellofemoral pain syndrome include:

  • Overuse from activities such as running or jumping
  • Previous injury to the knee
  • Knee surgery
  • Pre-existing muscle or bone conditions
Source: MayoClinic

Physical therapy for patellofemoral pain syndrome in Upper West Side, New York

The good news for patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome is that the condition only very rarely requires surgery. In the vast majority of cases, physical therapy is enough to resolve the condition. After an initial consultation, a physical therapist can create a treatment program tailored to the patient’s condition and needs (often consisting of stretching and strengthening exercises).

Most physical therapy routines for patellofemoral pain syndrome will include a number of exercises targeted at the hip, knee, and ankle; strengthening these three regions in conjunction can help to reduce pressure on the knee. For athletes in particular, physical therapists can provide guidance concerning taping, bracing, and other pain relief strategies.

Source: Move Forward PT

Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

Across the Upper West Side area, our therapists are at your service for in-home physical therapy sessions. We're committed to reaching you wherever you are, in any neighborhood we cover, to ensure that your PT experience is as convenient and accessible as possible.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

Luna accepts many insurance plans, and we handle the benefits verification process for you. With Luna, you always pay the same exact co-pay your insurance plan has for visiting a PT clinic. We accept all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

Not at all—we want to ensure that patients can easily kickstart their physical therapy with us! New patients are always welcome, and for most, their initial at-home physical therapy session can be scheduled within 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists are available from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week, ensuring flexibility for all our patients. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

Luna's therapists possess extensive experience, with a minimum of 3 years in practice, often with additional years of practice. Every therapist undergoes a comprehensive interview and thorough background check. We select therapists who are deeply committed to providing superior care to their patients.

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