7 Most Important Questions About Runner's Knee Answered
If you’re experiencing pain around the kneecap, also known as the patella, you might have runner’s knee. But what is runner’s knee? Today, we’re going to answer the 7 most important questions about this condition.
WHAT IS RUNNER'S KNEE?
Runner’s knee is a common name for patellofemoral pain syndrome. Despite its name, runner’s knee isn’t just for runners. It is a broad term used to describe the pain caused by one of several knee problems.
WHAT CAUSES RUNNER’S KNEE?
Although running is a common cause of runner’s knee, the following can also contribute to runner’s knee:
Trauma to the knee
Problem with your feet
Weak thigh muscles
Tight Achilles tendons
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF RUNNER’S KNEE?
The following are the most common symptoms of runner’s knee:
1) The main thing is dull, aching pain around the kneecap. You may feel pain when:
Sitting for a long time with knees bent
Climbing or descending stairs
Getting up from a chair
2) Swelling around the knee
3) Popping sound
4) Grinding feeling in the knee
HOW IS RUNNER’S KNEE DIAGNOSED?
Your doctor will look at your health history and conduct a thorough physical examination and tests like X-rays to confirm a diagnosis of the runner’s knee.
HOW IS RUNNER’S KNEE TREATED?
In most cases, the runner’s knee gets better on its own and doesn’t need surgery. Your doctor may suggest the following to help relieve your pain and speed the recovery process:
Rest. The best way to treat a runner’s knee is to avoid doing activities that make it worse, like running, squatting, or sitting for long periods.
Ice. Apply an ice pack to your knee to reduce pain and swelling. Do this for up to 30 minutes every 3-4 hours until the pain is gone.