As suggested by the name, runner’s knee is knee pain that is commonly experienced by runners. It is not a specific condition, rather it can be the result of one of many conditions. In most cases, knee pain associated with running is an overuse type injury, rather than an acute injury.
Pain felt at the front of the knee that is commonly seen in runners can be caused by any one of the following conditions:
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Chondromalacia patella
- Patella tendinopathy
- Knee bursitis
- Fat pad impingement
Pain felt on the outside of your knee may be caused be iliotibial band syndrome.
Due to the fact that runner’s knee is not a specific diagnosis, but rather a result of one of many possible conditions, it is best to have your knee pain assessed by your physiotherapist.
Your treatment plan will vary depending on the specific underlying cause of your knee pain. Some methods of treatment that your physiotherapist may employ include:
- Applying PRICE (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) principles
- Gait/biomechanical analysis
- Acupuncture/dry needling
- Soft tissue releases
- Joint mobilisation techniques
- Proprioception/balance exercises
- Agility/sport-specific exercises
The sooner you get on top of your knee symptoms, the better the outcome.