Runner’s Knee

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.

Trust Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy to work with you, and for you, to get you back on your feet when it counts the most. We take a holistic approach, and work alongside you every step of the way to make it as hassle-free as possible! Contact the practice today on (02) 4721 7798, email info@progressiverehab.com.au or book an initial assessment online now, here.

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.