Knee Pain Improved by Supervised Exercise

Knee pain caused by patellofemoral pain syndrome (also referred to as runner’s knee, or chondromalacia) is a very common complaint. A small Dutch study has demonstrated marked improvement in pain and function following supervised strength, balance, and flexibility exercises with a physical therapist for 6 weeks and then home exercises for 3 months. At 3 months the exercise group reported 7% better pain recovery and 12% better recovery at one year compared to the usual care (avoiding pain-inducing activities and rest).

PositiveTip: Rest may not always be the best remedy! If your knee pains you, ask you doctor if you can continue to engage in appropriate physical activities.