Runner's Knee: Your Return to Running
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What is Runner’s Knee?
Runner’s knee is a term used to describe several debilitating conditions that result in pain in the patella, or kneecap. The term includes painful conditions like patellofemoral pain syndrome and iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome. These conditions tend are commonly associated with runners. However, running is just one of many activities that can cause runner’s knee pain disorders. In fact, these knee pain issues can also occur as a result of excessive walking, biking, jumping, and other physical activities that risk injury in the kneecap area.
What Causes Runner’s Knee?
There are many different factors that can contribute to a runner’s knee injury. Causes can include:
- Overuse of the soft tissue
- Strained tendons around the kneecap
- Torn cartilage
- Misalignment in the kneecap or dislocation
- Weak thigh muscles
- A failure to properly stretch before exercise or sports
- Inflammation in the joint lining
- Fractures in the kneecap due to trauma
This knee injury is most commonly the result of movements that overload the knee joint. Fortunately, there are rarely structural issue involved, so most patients can expect a full recovery from runner’s knee. Osteopathic care can be an effective way to expedite that healing process.
What are the Symptoms of Runner’s Knee?
These knee conditions generally involve persistent pain and aching sensations behind and around the patella. That pain is commonly increased during activities like:
- Walking and running
- Going up or down stairs
- Squatting, kneeling, or sitting with the knees in a bent position
- Standing up or sitting down
For patients suffering from IT band syndrome, the pain is most commonly felt on the outside of the knee. Unfortunately, that can cause patients to mistakenly assume that they have injuries such as a meniscus tear. An MRI can quickly differentiate between the two conditions, however, to ensure a proper diagnosis.
Recovery and a Return to Running
The good news is that these conditions can be treated, to help you return to running. In most instances, surgery is unnecessary. Symptoms can be managed using traditional remedies like rest, ice packs, compression bandages, and proper elevation to reduce swelling. For many patients, osteopathic care also plays a vital role in facilitating recovery so that they can get back to running as quickly as possible.
Osteopathic treatment options can include manual manipulation, runner’s knee stretches, rehabilitation exercises, lifestyle changes, and educational resources about recovery and prevention of future injuries. Your osteopath can provide more information about the best treatment options to aid in your recovery.
For the many patients who have received osteopathic care from Leonid Tafler, D.O., the results speak for themselves. Still, those patient testimonials are an important way for others to learn about the potential benefits they too can receive from osteopathic treatment. The following testimonials are from patients who provided feedback about their visits, delivered in their own words. These testimonials and patient results are presented as examples of osteopathy’s potential benefits.
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Knee injuries can be both painful and debilitating, but they don’t have to prevent you from enjoying the activities you love. Leonid Tafler, D.O. has the experience and expertise needed to treat these conditions and help you successfully recover in an expedited manner. If you are experiencing any of these knee-related symptoms, contact us today to schedule an appointment, diagnosis, and treatment that can get you up and running again.