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I found out the cause of my knee pain is something called patellofemoral pain syndrome. The doctor suggested physical therapy. I'm not sure I can do that because I have limited health insurance. Are there things I can do at home for myself to help with this problem?

It may be best to try and schedule at least one appointment with a recommended physical therapist (PTs). Many PTs have specialty areas. Try to find someone with an interest and active practice in knee rehab. This may be a sports medicine or orthopedic therapist. Let your therapist know your situation right away. It should be possible to set you up on a home exercise program geared to your specific problem. New research has shown us the importance of lower extremity movement in patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). There's evidence that muscles in the hip and alignment of the lumbopelvic region may be important links in the treatment of PFPS. For example, a difference of more than 14 degrees in hip internal rotation from one side to the other may be a risk factor for PFPS. At least one study has shown that manipulation of the lumbopelvic spine or sacroiliac joint can make a difference in your symptoms. This treatment should be followed with an overall program to address any imbalances in the lower extremity and body as a whole. Your therapist can set you up on a home program you can do on your own. You may need some minimal supervision and occasional check-ups to progress the program. Most therapists are very willing to make necessary financial arrangements for any patients with financial constraints.


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