5 Ways To Treat Runner’s Knee
Runner’s knee, clinically known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a common injury that describes pain in the kneecap area. While anyone can get this injury, it happens most often to athletes that depend on their knees to run and jump frequently. If you have developed runner’s knee, you’ll want to take the right steps to ensure a fast and efficient healing process.
What Causes Runner’s Knee?
Runner’s knee is an overuse injury. It happens most often after strenuous physical activity, and not just to runners. Anyone who regularly climbs stairs or does squats is also at risk of developing runner’s knee, as well as anyone who implements improper exercise techniques. Another common cause of runner’s knee is the misalignment of the patella, or kneecap. While the other causes are able to be confirmed by the injured person, you’ll have to seek help from an orthopaedic physician to see if your kneecap is properly positioned.
How To Treat Runner’s Knee
Because runner’s knee is a syndrome that doesn’t often need surgical treatment, your condition will most likely improve on its own if you give it the right amount of time and rest. However, there are many methods you can use to speed up the healing process and get back on your feet quicker.
- Commit to the R.I.C.E. method: Even if you are unfamiliar with the name, you’re sure to know this method. Rest your injury, ice the affected area, compress the area with a bandage, and elevate your leg while you rest. This is a simple and effective way to treat your early symptoms.
- Minimize your activity levels: Runner’s knee is caused by overuse, so taking time off to let your injury heal will always benefit you.
- Take pain medication: If you choose to, you can always take medication to help alleviate any pain the injury is causing. Pain medication can be purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a health specialist.
- Wear shoe inserts: Orthopedic shoe inserts can help stabilize your foot as you stand and walk. There are plenty of options available for you to purchase, including custom-made inserts, which may be better for your specific injury.
- Seek physical therapy: Physical therapists are experts in knowing how to strengthen the muscles around your injury. Visiting one to treat your injury can get you back on your feet faster as they’ll be able to work with you physically or give you exercises to help improve the injured area and your range of motion.
Let Us Help You Get Back on Your Feet
Our sports medicine team at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine is fully equipped to provide expert treatment and care to patients afflicted with orthopaedic injuries. If you’re suffering from runner’s knee, we’d be glad to help you regain mobility and get back to your daily routine. To find out more about our services and treatment options, request an appointment online or give us a call today at 904-825-0540.
Paul Roettges, MD
A member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Knee and Hip Surgeries, Dr. Roettges performs hip and knee replacements as well as complex unresolved hip and knee pain.
Sina Kasraeian, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has extensive training in arthroscopy and sports medicine reconstructive procedures.