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Old 11-09-2012, 12:16 PM   #18
Chas Tennis
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Default Information - Knee cap injury caused by tight rectus femoris & other issues

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Originally Posted by 2ndServe View Post
what specific exercises where you doing to strengthen the knees? I have patella tendonitis where if I split step or jump once I land the lower knee cap hurts. Softer insoles and knee braces have helped a lot but it's still painful even when I split step.
Have you had tendinitis diagnosed by a Dr?

I have had some pain under my knee caps. I believe that tight/short rectus femoris is a contributing issue to knee pain for me. My MRIs have shown pathology that is a cartilage injury. Does not hurt much to play but I worry about future if not corrected.

http://www.mrtherapy.com/articles/article3.html

Test for tight hip flexors, rectus femoris & iliotibial band -

This video shows how to evaluate the flexibility of muscles in your hip area. These muscles have a lot to do with the posture of your leg and stresses on joints. The video shows how to test the flexibility of the 3 areas of the pelvis- 1) hip flexors (illiopsoas), 2) rectus femoris (also a hip flexor but this one is a two-joint muscle), and 3) iliotibial band. The details of leg angles are important in the videos. (These muscles can create posture problems that cause extra stresses on the knees.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbRXi-nZVJs&feature=plcp

Read the section under "properties" for age and activity related tightness.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iliopsoas

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/iliot...article_em.htm

(To check terms Google the term. Always read the Wikipedia entry.)

A paper on knee issues -
http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0115/p194.html

Sports medicine group at Johns Hopkins Sports Medicine where I have gone for two meniscus injuries, now resolved. Some information on common sports injuries-
http://www.hopkinsortho.org/conditions_diseases.html

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