Runner's Knee

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Article by John Miller

What is Runner's Knee?

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Runner's Knee

As the name suggests Runner’s Knee is knee pain suffered by runners. Rather than being a specific condition, runner’s knee can be one of the numerous injuries. 

Essentially most runner’s knee falls into either anterior knee pain or lateral knee pain commonly experienced by runners.

What Causes Runner’s Knee?

Anterior Runner's Knee Pain Sources

Anterior knee pain is pain felt in the front of your knee. The most common conditions in runners are:

Lateral Runner's Knee Pain

Lateral knee pain is felt on the outside of your knee.The most common cause of lateral knee pain in runners is Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome.

What are the Symptoms of Runner’s Knee?

As mentioned earlier, runner’s knee is not a specific diagnosis but rather a cluster of knee pain conditions suffered by runners.

Therefore, by definition, runner’s knee symptoms can be described as “knee pain during or after running”. In most cases, they are overuse type injuries rather than acute trauma. 

For more specific symptoms, it is best to have your runner’s knee professionally assessed to identify the specific injury. Until then, more information about the various runner’s knee conditions and their symptoms please click the link to the specific conditions.

How is Runner’s Knee Diagnosed?

Your sports physiotherapist or sports physician are experts in the diagnosis of runner’s knee. For an accurate diagnosis, please seek their professional opinion since treatment can vary considerably depending on the diagnosis.

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Runner’s Knee Treatment?

Runner’s knee treatment will vary according to the specific underlying condition. Some typical example of runner;s knee treatment can include the following:

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • Soft Tissue Injury? What are the Healing Phases?
  • What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Core Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Heel Cups
  • Orthotics
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Walking Boot
  • Ankle Strapping
  • Brace or Support
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Foam Roller
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Neurodynamics
  • Prehabilitation
  • Running Analysis
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
  • FAQs’ about Runner’s Knee

  • Common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
  • What is Pain?
  • Physiotherapy & Exercise
  • When Should Diagnostic Tests Be Performed?
  • Massage Styles and their Benefits
  • What Causes Post-Exercise Muscular Pain?
  • Barefoot Running: Your MUST READ Guide to the Pro's and Con's.
  • Can Kinesiology Taping Reduce Your Swelling and Bruising?
  • Heat Packs. Why does heat feel so good?
  • How Can You Prevent a Future Leg Injury?
  • How Much Treatment Will You Need?
  • Post-Run Soreness: Should You Be Concerned?
  • Runners: How to Reduce Your Knee Stress
  • Sports Injury? What to do? When?
  • What are the Common Massage Therapy Techniques?
  • What are the Early Warning Signs of an Injury?
  • What Can You Do To Help Arthritis?
  • What is a TENS Machine?
  • What is Chronic Pain?
  • What is Nerve Pain?
  • What is Sports Physiotherapy?
  • What's the Benefit of Stretching Exercises?
  • When Can You Return to Sport?
  • Why Kinesiology Tape Helps Reduce Swelling and Bruising Quicker
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    Last updated 18-Jan-2018 06:09 PM

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