Runner’s knee

Overview

The name Runner’s knee is pretty self explanatory and means the type of knee pain that is usually suffered by the runners. It is not one specific condition; instead it can be one of the many injuries suffered by the runners. They usually fall under either anterior knee pain or lateral knee pain. Though it is an ailment that is usually common amongst runners but it isn’t experienced by runners alone. It actually is a broad term that is used to describe a particular type of knee condition.

Runner’s knee causes

This knee pain can be of two types; anterior and lateral. Anterior is felt in the front of your knee and lateral on the outside of your knee. The most common causes of them are,

When a person is suffering from fallen arches/flat feet, overpronation etc. the way he walks changes and that can lead to knee pain.
The quadriceps (upper part of the thigh) keeps your kneecaps in place when you bend or stretch. If they are weak, your knee might dislocate easily. Knee dislocation may happen at a later stage but it does start paining if thigh muscles are weak and doesn’t have a strong hold over the kneecap.
Cartilage under the kneecap breaks down

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    Runner’s Knee Symptoms

    The most common symptom is the prevalence of intense pain behind and around the kneecap or patella. Other symptoms include,

    Knee care for runners and early treatment for runner’s knee patella is extremely essential because if prolonged, it may lead to much severe problems.

    Runner’s Knee Treatment

    If you visit your doctor, he will most probably ask you for a thorough history and suggest you a thorough physical examination to confirm the condition. The physical examination may include blood test, X-ray, MRI or a CT scans that can guide him about the course of runner’s knee treatment that will be most suitable.

    Effective Knee Care for Runners Tips

    Following steps can be taken to prevent runner’s knee,

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