Knee Pain

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Dancers with knee pain typically complain of diffuse or localized symptoms in the front of the knee associated with plies, jumping, and landing. Pain can vary in intensity from mild to severe. Dancing is often self-limiting. Physical therapy for knee is needed. Symptoms will almost always worsen with continued dancing.


What It Is

Excessive compression or friction of the knee cap/thigh bone and surrounding tissue resulting in pain.

Contributing Factors

• Leg weakness
• Hip flexor and/or quadriceps tightness
• Quadriceps dominance
• Poor dancing mechanics: hip internal rotation, hip adduction, knee collapse, pelvic drop
• Over training or inadequate rest

Treatment & Management/ Positive Energy’s Physical Therapy for Dancers includes:

• Dance-specific strengthening routine
• Dance-specific stretching routine
• Correct dance mechanics
• Rest and ice, also consider physical therapy for knee