As a personal trainer, I had and still have some students, who come to me to help them recover/strengthen their knees.
It is a very common pathology and there are more and more cases appearing.
What is the difference between chondromalacia and patellar tendinitis?
- Patellar chondromalacia is a problem in the cartilage of the patella, the pain can be felt above, behind or laterally in the kneecap.
- Patellar tendinitis is a pathology of the tendon connected to that bone, the pain factors are quite similar, although in tendinitis knee swelling can appear after physical exercise.
Why is chondromalacia more common in women?
- The fact that it is more common in women is related to the axis of the female legs, which more often have a deviation known as knee valgus (knees inward), but other factors may be involved,
such as being overweight, sedentary or overweight of physical exercises that involve impact and jumps.
What can you do to improve?
- Strengthen your muscles. Strong thigh muscles are better able to handle the strains that can cause patellar tendinitis. Eccentric exercises, which involve lowering the leg very slowly after
extending the knee, are particularly helpful.
- Improve your technique. To make sure you are using your body correctly.
As a personal trainer in Porto, I can help you in this recovery, improving your technique.