Runner's Knee: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

by Administrator 21. January 2015 09:01

Runner’s knee, which is also known as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), is a common condition among runners but it can also affect others. It refers to overuse injuries, which causes exasperation in the kneecap (patella) that is located near the thighbone. Runner’s Knee results in sharp pain, which may disappear at the time of running and return afterwards.

Causes:

The knee is a complex structure and a number of factors contribute to Runner’s Knee that may include:

  • Misalignment in the patella
  • Increased amount of physical activity
  • Direct impact due to a fall or trauma to the knee
  • Flat feet
  • Weak thigh muscles
  • Imbalance or tightness in the thigh muscle

Symptoms:

Runner’s Knee can affect one or both knees and women are more prone to suffer from the condition. Its symptoms are felt below the kneecap that may be mild at first but if left untreated can lead to severe pain.
Some of the common symptoms of Runner’s Knee are:

  • Acute pain behind the kneecap
  • Severe pain while bending, walking, running or sitting
  • Pain worsens while walking downhill
  • Inflammation
  • Cracking or popping sounds

Treatment:

In order to diagnose the condition the orthopedic doctor gives a thorough physical examination and enquires about the patient’s medical history.  He may also prescribe certain tests like X-Rays, MRIs and CT Scan etc. to determine the severity of the condition.

The orthopedic doctor will devise the treatment plan according to the extent of injury and the patient’s individual case. The doctor can recommend any of the following treatment options:

  • Rest: It is usually advised to avoid putting weight on the feet and rest as much as possible in order to assist in the healing.
  • Ice: In order to reduce the pain and inflammation the doctor might recommend to apply ice.
  • Compress: The doctor can prescribe using elastic bandage, straps or sleeves to compress the area and provide support to the knee.
  • Elevate: As a part of the treatment the patient is recommended to keep the knee elevated using a pillow while sitting or lying down.
  • Anti-Inflammatory: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be prescribed depending on the severity of the condition. These medications help in reducing the pain and inflammation.
  • Exercises: The doctor may also recommend stretching and strengthening exercise to provide strength to the muscle.
  • Surgery: The surgical treatment for Runner’s Knee is sought only in severe cases where the conservative treatments fail to provide relief.

For effective treatment of Runner’s Knee, you can consult Dr. Craig Goodhart. To schedule an appointment with the doctor you can call at (972) 492 – 1334

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