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Top 5 Fridays! 5 Implications of Adolescent Knee Pain

Is knee pain during adolescence "normal?" What are the implications and long term effects of having knee pain as an adolescent? Brad Beer relates his own experience and as usual provides great information in his post and infographic.
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[5 IMPLICATIONS OF ADOLESCENT KNEE PAIN] πŸ“ _ πŸ‘‰πŸ»As a junior triathlete I experienced ongoing knee pain (patello-femoral pain) from 15years-23years of age. It was debilitating and persistent-& one of the chief reasons I quit triathlon. I went through very emotional lows due to its affect on my quality of life πŸ€• _ πŸ‘‰πŸ»With 1 in 3 adolescents experiencing knee pain, and knee pain being the 4th most common musculoskeletal related condition that adolescents seek GP assistance for, I wasn’t alone πŸ‘€ _ πŸ‘‰πŸ» Concerningly there continues to be a view that knee pain in adolescents is a ’normal’ part of development that is self-limiting and has no longer term impact ‼️ _ πŸ‘‰πŸ»The above assumption has recently been tested by a study of 504 adolescents in Denmark. The study found that 4 out of 10 adolescents with knee pain still experienced frequent and intense knee pain 5 years later, severe enough to negatively impact quality fo life, sports participation, and in one out of seven affect career choices and education ⚠️ _ πŸ‘‰πŸ» The study found the below affects for those who continued to suffer from knee pain at the 5year follow up mark: . 1️⃣ poorer physical health ⬇️ . 2️⃣ stopped sports participation πŸš«πŸƒ‍♂️ . 3️⃣ reduced sports participation ⚽️ . 4️⃣ worse sleep quality 😴 . 5️⃣ worse knee-related & general quality of life 😦 _ πŸ“ŒTAKE HOME: with almost 50% of adolescents who had knee pain continuing to experience persistent pain into adulthood, the researchers concluded that when clinicians are presented with an adolescent suffering from knee pain they should not assume that adolescent knee pain will resolve itself ✅ _ πŸ–₯*Ref: Rathleff et al. Five-year prognosis & impact of adolescent knee pain: a prospective population based cohort study of 504 adolescents in Denmark (2019) BMJ . . #sportsphysio #sportsmedicine #physio #kneepain #rehabilitation

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