In our chiropractic clinic we see a high percentage of youth athletes. Female athletes ages 9-16 are the most susceptible to knee pain and injuries for several reasons.
First, the physical development of female hips rapidly changes during puberty. The reason this leaves these athletes prone to knee issues is biomechanics. The Q angle is the angle measured from the pelvis to the knee. As this angle widens, the pressure or pull on the patella (kneecap) becomes greater. The alignment of this kneecap can start to move out laterally which makes it prone to injury.
Rapid side to side movements in sports puts the most strain on the knee. Young athletes will benefit from exercises that promote knee stability. Strengthening the quadricep and the hamstring group of muscles equally will ensure better balance to support the knee. Many athletes lack adequate flexibility in the hamstrings and it is important to properly lengthen and warm up this area prior to strenuous exercise.
Alignment is key with the patella. Strengthening a joint in a poor position will only cause more stress and wear and tear on the surrounding tissues. If it is not correctly aligned, this wear and tear will accelerate degeneration to the knee and cause arthritis much faster. We love sports as much as our children, but it is our job to protect their growing bodies for the future. Avoiding warning signs and pushing through pain is not the healthiest option.
Chiropractic care can help athletes avoid knee surgery in many cases. Patellofemoral pain syndrome, Chrondromalacia patella, chronic patellar dislocations, ligamentous sprains or muscle strains, iliotibial band syndrome, tendonitis, Baker’s cysts, and Osgood Schlatters are just a few issues we can help diagnose and have great success treating.
Don’t let your knee pain go untreated when natural healing is made possible via chiropractic treatment.
At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we focus on your sports goals to keep you healthy and strong for any physical adventure you plan to tackle. If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or teammates. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.