Any activity that involves a repetitive movement has the potential to cause irritation of the surrounding joint, and the nasty reputations of conditions such as Tennis Elbow and Runner’s Knee are well deserved.
So, what exactly is Runner’s Knee?
Runner’s Knee is actually an umbrella term used for many issues with the knee and the complex bands of ligaments, tendons and cartilage surrounding it.
What are the main types?
The two most common complaints are:
> Patellofemoral Joint Pain Syndrome: The upper leg bone is moving “outside its track” behind your knee cap, causing irritation and pain, usually due to the knee cap sitting in the wrong spot, and majority of pain will be felt at the front of the knee.
> Iliotibial Band Syndrome: Down the outer side of your thigh is your Iliotibial Band, a thick strip of tendon-like tissue. The repetitive nature of running can cause this to tighten or strain, and pain will usually be felt on the outer (lateral) sides of the knee.
Is Runner’s Knee just for runners?
Definitely not! Many cases of Runner’s Knee are consistent more with repetitive movements (or lack thereof) rather than the action of running. Hikers, cyclists and even people who are excessively sedentary (for example, sitting at a desk all day without movement) can all cause irritation, pain and be susceptible to Runner’s Knee.
How is Runner’s Knee managed?
The first and most important step is to rest, and give your body the chance to relax. Running (or moving through pain) can cause a lot more damage and extend your recovery. The next step is to speak with your physiotherapist, and work with them on a rehabilitation plan. This could include shortening your distances, using ice and anti-inflammatory medications, as well as foam rolling and stretching.
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