What is Runner’s Knee?

Knee PainIf you suffer from knee pain, you may have a condition known as runner’s knee. This condition, technically termed “patellofemoral pain syndrome,” is most common among athletes, but can also occur in people who are less physically active. In addition to hindering an athlete’s performance, the pain and swelling associated with runner’s knee can make kneeling, climbing, and other everyday activities more difficult.

Causes and Symptoms of Runner’s Knee

Numerous factors can cause knee pain, the most common of them being:

  • Overuse;
  • Use of improper techniques or equipment when exercising;
  • A sudden change in intensity of physical activity;
  • Abnormal tracking of the kneecap.

If any of the above happens to you, it may lead to runner’s knee. Here’s how to tell if your knee pain is a result of this condition.

  • You experience pain while exercising or performing activities that require repeated bending of the knee.
  • Pain presents itself when you stand after sitting for a long period of time with your knees bent.
  • Pain worsens with a change in intensity level or conditions.
  • You hear popping sounds in your knee when it bends.

These symptoms are signs that your knee pain needs immediate attention. It’s important to talk to an orthopedic professional as soon as possible when you experience any of the problems mentioned here. The specialist will evaluate your symptoms and discuss all treatment options with you, so that you can take care of the pain before it becomes a more serious issue.

Treating Runner’s Knee

The treatment your doctor decides is best for you depends on your specific condition, your activity level, and your overall health. If you seek medical help right away, your knee pain can easily be managed with these nonsurgical treatments:

  • Modification to your activities;
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation;
  • Medication;
  • Physical therapy;
  • Orthotics.

On the other hand, more serious conditions – or those that weren’t dealt with immediately – may require surgery.

At Specialty Orthopaedic Surgery, our experts examine your condition to determine the best course of action and get you back to living life. Reach out to us to learn more.

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