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Elevate Physiotherapy

Runner's Knee

What is the condition?

Runner’s knee is knee pain that someone gets in the front of the knee during exertion and sports. Strictly speaking, it is not a specific condition. It is any one of several conditions that cause pain around the kneecap. These conditions include anterior knee pain syndrome, patellofemoral malalignment, chondromalacia patella, and iliotibial band syndrome.

How do you get it?

A lot of the conditions listed above is mostly caused by poor hip and knee stability. When you exercise at a high intensity with poor hip and knee stability, you are much more likely to develop runner’s knee.

What problems does it cause?

Runner’s knee makes is difficult for you to exercise because every time you exert force through your injured knee, you will experience pain.

You may feel pain when:

  • Walking
  • Climbing or descending stairs
  • Squatting
  • Kneeling
  • Running
  • Sitting down or standing up
  • Sitting for a long time with the knee bent

What is this treatment?

There are 3 stages to treating runner’s knee:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Restore strength
  • Restore balance

How does it work?

Your physiotherapist may use radiofrequency therapy or other modalities to control the inflammation and pain for your knee pain. After your inflammation and pain is under control, your therapist will commence you on the right strengthening and stabilising exercises to ensure the pain does not come back.

How does Elevate Physiotherapy treat Runner’s Knee?

As mentioned, runner’s knee is any one of several conditions. At Elevate physiotherapy, we try to find out what is the actual condition that you are suffering from. As the treatment and strengthening program may be different if you are suffering from a different condition, we ensure that you are being treated for the right condition. We will also work with you to achieve your sporting goal at the end of your rehabilitation.

Any post-procedure pain or downtime? What is the aftercare like?

You should be able to get back to your normal activities. You should avoid activities that cause you pain.

What results to expect?

You should be getting better between 4-6 weeks.