Runner’s Knee is a common issue in Victoria. We are blessed with a relatively mild climate throughout the year, which encourages everyone to be active.
The end result can be biomechanical problems such as Runner’s Knee, which also can also affect people who stand all day for work.
Skiers, soccer players, and runners and anyone else whose activities place great strain on the knee can develop this condition.
What causes Runner’s Knee?
Runner’s Knee is also know as patellofemoral pain syndrome, and is characterized by pain in and around the knees. Often the pain is caused by strained tendons. The original cause of this tendon pain may be underdeveloped muscles that are not functioning as they should.
Runner’s Knee can result from a variety of activities including:
Overuse, such as repeated bending of and overstretching the muscles and tendons of the knee
Trauma to the knee, by a fall or blow
If any of the bones are slightly out of their correct position — or misaligned
If you suffer from over pronation, fallen arches or high arches
Back pain and the resulting compensation to alleviate it can cause Runner’s Knee to develop as well.
Runner’s Knee Treatments
Most people should be able to recover from minor to moderate cases of runner’s knee with minimum treatment and minimal down time.
Treatments can occur at home, and can include:
Resting the knee – try to avoid putting weight on your knee for a few days
Ice your knee to reduce pain and swelling
Elevate your knee whenever you’re sitting or lying down
Use anti-inflammatory medication
Practice stretching and strengthening exercises
Use orthotics to support your arches
How Chiropractic Care and Physiotherapy Can Help
Chiropractic care and Physiotherapy can treat runner’s knee with simple treatments to get you back to your regular routine as quickly as possible.
Other, more high-tech treatments for Runner’s Knee include:
Deep Tissue Laser Therapy
Deep Tissue Laser Therapy accelerates the body’s own natural healing process through photo-bio-stimulation.
Graston Technique is a common soft tissue treatment that breaks down scar tissue and other fascia restrictions.
Therapeutic Ultrasound provides deep heating to soft tissue, increasing circulation to help the healing process and decrease pain.
Athletic Taping uses tape designed for muscle, ligament and tendon pain relief and support.
TENS Therapy is a non-invasive nerve stimulation intended to reduce both acute and chronic pain.
Shockwave Therapy is a non-surgical treatment of soft tissue, bone, and joint pain.
How to Avoid Runner’s Knee
Runner’s Knee can be avoided
Use custom orthotics in all your footwear
Wear running shoes with good shock absorption
Avoid running on surfaces like concrete or asphalt
Tape your knee while exercising, if you’ve had runner’s knee before