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Runner's Knee

  • By Sakila Rai

One of the most common sports injuries, runners knee is a common injury felt by athletes when their knees become inflamed and tender. Runner’s knee also known as Patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a disorder affecting the knees. It occurs when the patella, the main bone of the knee, is injured or irritated. 

When a person suffers from a runner's knee they can causes pain, swelling, and stiffness in the knee, which can make it difficult to run and other physical activities.

Symptoms 

Runner’s knee usually causes a physical discomfort in the front of the knee, often when the knee is bent. This pain can be aggravated when you:

  •   -Walk up or down stairs
  •   -Kneel or squat
  •   -Run and 
  •   -Sit with a bent knee for long periods of time

The pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain that limits normal activity. It is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as tingling or aching in the knee, and swelling or warmth around the knee. 

Causes  

The cause of runner’s knee is unclear, but it is thought to be caused by structural abnormalities, overuse, and biomechanical problems.

Some of the other causes of runner's knee include: 

  • Incorrect running form, such as landing on the toes instead of the heel
  • Aging 
  • Infection 
  • Injuries 
  • Joint damage

Prevention  

The simple way to prevent runner's knee is to 

  •    -Train your muscles around your knees
  •    -Use cold therapy after the run
  •    -Strengthen Your Leg Muscles and Core
  •    -Stretching your muscles before running 

Treatment 

The most common treatment for runner's knee is rest and ice packs, but there are a variety of other treatments and exercises that can help speed up the recovery process. Sometimes even physical therapy is recommended to ease the pain.

Using tape and using braces is also a quite common treatment option for runner’s knee.The primary goal of using tape is to pull the skin around your knee in a particular direction to encourage a positive change in your running mechanics. Braces are often used to correct the muscle imbalances in and around your knee.


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