Runner’s Knee

As the name suggests Runner’s Knee is knee pain commonly suffered by runners but it may also affect people with constant knee bending activity. Runner’s knee can be as a result of one of numerous knee injuries.

Runner’s knee can be categorized into either anterior knee pain (front) or lateral knee pain (outer aspect) commonly affecting the runners.

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CAUSES:

Anterior Runner’s Knee Pain Sources,

Anterior knee pain is felt on the front of the knee and most common conditions in runners are:

Lateral Runner’s Knee Pain

Lateral knee pain is felt on the outer aspect of the knee and most common cause in runners is Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome.

SYMPTOMS:

Runner’s knee strikes mostly younger, recreational runners and twice as many women as men, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (Women tend to have wider hips, resulting in a greater angling of the thighbone to the knee, which puts the kneecap under more stress).

SYMPTOMS:

Symptoms of runner’s knee include

Tenderness behind or around the patella, usually toward its center,

Pain toward the side of the knee, a sense of cracking or that the knee’s giving way,

Steps, hills, and uneven terrain can aggravate runner’s knee.

DIAGNOSIS:

Physiotherapists are experts in the diagnosis of runner’s knee. For an accurate diagnosis, please seek professional opinion since treatment can vary considerably depending on the diagnosis.

TREATMENT:

Runner’s knee treatment will vary according to the specific underlying condition. As discussed earlier it may arise as a result of following condition mentioned below, treatment will be accordingly.

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