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Runners Knee – What is it? What to do about it?

Apr 23, 2021

Runners Knee – What is it? What to do about it?

As we are getting more into 2018, lots of people have set
themselves new goals and targets for the year which is absolutely fantastic!
Marathons, half marathons, 10k, 5k park runs, triathlons and even ironman
events are some of the targets that some of our clients have set themselves for
this year. Again this is fantastic and we are absolutely honoured to be able to
help people through their journey so they can achieve that goal.

With the weather hopefully beginning to get a little better
and longer days coming in then, people tend to find a little more motivation to
get out there and run.

Running is a sport/activity which research tells us has one
of the highest injury rates when compared to other sports. Now when we look at
common injuries with running, top of the list is knee pain, commonly called
‘Runners Knee’.

So, what is this
‘Runners Knee?’

Runners knee is a generic term used to describe pain at the
front of the knee, and it is not just runners who suffer from it. It also has
other names such as anterior knee pain, or in the medical world –
Patellofemoral pain syndrome(PFPS).

The main symptom of Runners Knee tends to be pain. Pain can
be felt generally under or around the knee cap. It is worse when the knee is
bent for long periods, on kneeling or running. Going downhill or downstairs
also tends to make the pain worse.

The causes of runners knee can be difficult to pinpoint. I
have listed a few causes below, there may be more than just one of these involved.
Remember we are all very different individuals and each person should be
assessed and treated on an individual basis: –

·

Irritation of the joint synovium which is the
membrane which surrounds the joint.

·

A direct blow to the knee cap.

·

Problems with the feet such as fallen arches,
overpronation can affect the way we move.

·

Overuse such as running, lunging, skipping, high
impact and repeated knee bending.

·

Biomechanics, where the bones aren’t lined up
correctly and the knee cap dos not run smoothly in the groove that it is supposed
to.

·

Weak and tight quads muscles affect the way the
knee cap moves

·

Chondromalacia patella, which is a breakdown of
the cartilage under the knee cap.

What to do about it?

·

Firstly, seek advice from your physiotherapist.
They are the people who have the skills and knowledge to help you recover. They
should be able to get to the route cause of the problem and advise on treatment
from there.

·

Secondly, reduce the load and stress that you
are putting on your knee so that you don’t continue to aggravate the pain. This
may mean reducing the running but not always stopping you from running.

·

Anti-inflammatories and pain relief may help
temporarily, however if you do not treat the real cause of the pain, then the
problems will just continue and worsen.

·

Ice can help to reduce pain and inflammation

·

Knee taping strategies can be employed to help
the patella move more freely

·

Mobilising the knee cap too can help

·

Strengthening and stretching the correct muscles
will help to give the knee and hips the right support and control.

·

Corrections to training and running form may
also help.

·

Finally, a biomechanical foot assessment for
orthotic devices can help to correct foot alignment and stability.

As you can see, runners knee is a multifactorial injury.
Getting the best advice and treatment is of utmost importance to determine the
best outcome.

Stay safe out there and be seen!

If you’d like to learn more about how to recover from
running injuries, then feel free to download my 100% FREE report

here

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