If you’re an athlete who takes part in any sport that forces you to regularly bend your knees, you are at risk for runner’s knee. Sports that are usually considered low impact, like bicycling, as well as high impact sports, like basketball, all carry some level of risk to develop the symptoms of Runner’s knee.  Some of the symptoms associated with runners knee are:

  • Pain when the knee is bent
  • The pain is usually near the top of the knee
  • Swelling in the knee
  • A popping noise
  • Going down stairs makes the pain worse
  • Pain behind the kneecap (patella)
  • A grinding noise from the knee

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome AKA Runner’s Knee

The medical term for runner’s knee is patellofemoral pain syndrome due to the pain being behind the patella and close to the femur. Really this syndrome is used to group together a number of disorders with similar symptoms. The disorders that can cause runner’s knee included:

  • Knee injury due to trauma
  • Repetitive motion irritating the nerves
  • Tendons stretched too far
  • Bones that are slightly out of place
  • Excessive weight
  • Weak muscles in the upper leg
  • Foot problems that cause the patients to walk differently

Healing From Runner’s Knee

In many cases the treatments for runner’s knee are fairly simple. You may just be advised to use R.I.C.E., which means Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. An orthopedic physician is able to prescribe pain relievers or physical therapy. As a last resort you may be advised to have surgery performed on your knee. The surgical options include arthroscopy and realignment of the patella. In order to ensure the best possible outcome make an appointment right now with one of the experienced orthopedic knee physicians at IBJI.

This information is not intended to provide advise or treatment for a specific situation. Consult your physician and medical team for information and treatment plans on your specific condition(s).