What is runner’s knee?
Most commonly known as Patellofemoral Syndrome, Runner’s Knee is an injury caused by overuse through repetitive high impact activates such as jumping, running and lunging. While this injury commonly affects runners and people who live an active lifestyle, Runner’s Knee also affects anyone who sits for a long period of time. If one works long hours behind a desk, the kneecap can become overtired by a constantly flexed knee.
Runner’s knee symptoms
- Pain in front of the kneecap
- Difficulty and pain when bending the knee to kneel, walk and run
- Uncomfortable pain when ascending and descending stairs
- Swelling and popping in the knee
In order to confirm a diagnosis of Patellofemoral Syndrome, a physical examination and X-rays will occur. Once the X-ray confirms the injury, one of our OCPBC doctors will outline the best treatment for the lifestyle of the patient. In most cases, the injury can be treated without surgery using the R.I.C.E treatment. Through Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation, this treatment is the first start to relieving pain in the patient.
However, if the injury to the kneecap is much worse through confirmation of an x-ray, surgery may be in the patient’s best interest if the cartilage is damaged or if the kneecap needs to be properly aligned. All of these various methods will be at the discretion of your OCPBC surgeon in order to provide you the best healing for your kneecap.
Once the kneecap has been eased of pain through either the R.I.C.E system or surgery, an OCPBC doctor will most likely recommend physical therapy that provides strength and range of motion back into the kneecap. A protective brace and tape will also provide the knee extra support as one begins to resume their physical activities.
Injury prevention with OCPBC
Basic prevention to avoid runner’s knee is to stay in shape, stretch properly before exercising, wear proper running shoes and use proper running form that will keep the knees supported when going the distance. We are highly experienced with injury care and have treated thousands of patients suffering from numerous different injuries, including runner’s knee. If you are experiencing symptoms of Patellofemoral Syndrome, give us a call at 561-967-6500.