Runner’s Knee

Sharp pain behind the knee? You could be suffering from Runner’s Knee – a knee injury associated with high impact training.

Runners everywhere are ramping up training now Spring is here;  they’re out pounding the streets – with pounding being the operative word – not surprising then that Osteopaths see more Runner’s Knee in the run up to competitions.  Getting ready for that running event, or even just getting fit, means lots of hard work and that can take its toll on the body. Particularly with road running, Runner’s Knee can start with just a slight niggle behind the knee; then the pain gets worse and before we know it our knee is really letting us down and messing with our training programme.

Types of knee pain

Runner’s Knee, or Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPF) is a common ailment accounting for 16.5% of running injuries according to one recent study.  The knee is a complex joint and its components work together to stabilise the joint and help to transmit the forces when we jump, bend and run. All these components have tiny nerve endings that enervate them so when we do something to aggravate the knee it soon lets us know!  Typical aggravating movements include loaded movements which result in:

  • knee pain on squatting and lungingRunner at athletics event
  • knee pain on running (especially downhill)
  • knee pain going up and down stairs
  • knee pain sitting for any period of time

This can make training very difficult and may force you to abandon your plans, so you need to take action straight away.

Lexden Health (Colchester) can help with Runner’s Knee

One of the main problems osteopaths see with Runner’s Knee is that people tend to ignore the problem and just blast on through their training. I think we can all relate to this!  “Only one more mile to go and then I’ll have completed my program for this week”.  Unfortunately though this approach rarely works.  If you have pain there is usually a reason and you need to find out what that is.  If your pain lasts more than a day or so, despite stretching, icing and elevation, then it makes sense to get it checked out by an expert. Osteopaths are trained to diagnose the causes of specific structural problems.  For example, there may be a muscle imbalance in the foot which is leading to poor control of the knee. Or it may be an issue concerning the hip. Get your knee checked out by an osteopath at Lexden Health (Colchester) and then you can look at some of the tried and tested remedies for dealing with Runner’s Knee: for example a programme of specific strengthening work and tailored stretches which will protect your joints in the longer term.

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You do not need to suffer with pain from Runner’s Knee – see Emily or Niki at Lexden Health or Fitness4Less.


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