knee pain

High level tennis player aged 17 with pain in her knees and hips

High level tennis player aged 17 with pain in her knees and hips

Her knees always get painful first and then the hips will start to hurt. This typically happens after 45 to 60 min. of playing tennis. She feels that it is a bit less painful and that it takes longer time to trigger the symptoms when playing on softer ground.

Examination indicated a compensatory pattern from the toes to the spine. Reproduced knee pain by testing and palpating the knee capsule, lateral meniscus and the insertion of the iliotibial band. Both feet were pronating. Stretching the external rotators of the hip showed restrictions and increase in pain. Adductors were sensitive and shortened. Decreased dorsal flexion of the ankle both side and decreased inversion of ankle joint. Squatting was difficult to perform. Poor activation of peroneus longus and brevis.

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