Runner’s Knee or patellofemoral pain syndrome is probably one of the most common ailments that affects not only runners but any athlete who participates in sports that require a lot of knee bending. This covers sports such as cycling, walking, jumping as well as running.
At the bottom of this post is a great video that goes into runner’s knee in detail but first, let’s go over briefly what this condition is.
Although it sounds like a specific knee problem, runner’s knee is, in fact, a general term that covers several knee conditions that result from varying causes. Diagnosis of runner’s knee is not a simple matter and should be carried out by a professional.
CAUSES OF RUNNER”S KNEE
The main causes of this condition are:
- Injury – if the knee is knocked or hit directly
- Foot problems – overpronation (flat feet or fallen arches)
- Muscle weakness
SYMPTOMS of RUNNER’S KNEE:
- Pain when the knee is bent
- Walking downhill or down stairs intensifies the pain
- Swelling around the knee joint
- Pain in the vicinity of the kneecap, sometimes from behind the kneecap
- When the knee is bent, there is a sensation of grinding or popping in the knee.
TREATMENT FOR RUNNER’S KNEE
There are several treatments for this condition ranging from rest to strengthening exercises to taking anti-inflammatory drugs.
Here is an excellent video that goes into detail about what runner’s knee is and explain some of the treatments for it. It’s a long video (about 22 minutes) but if yuou are suffering from knee pain and suspect runner’s knee then I highly recommend watching it. I hope it helps. It certainly answered a few of my questions.