Updated: Feb 22, 2020
What is it?
Runner’s Knee is the common term used to describe any one of several conditions that cause pain around the kneecap (patella). These conditions include anterior knee pain syndrome, patellofemoral malalignment, chondromalacia patella, and iliotibial band syndrome.
Signs & Symptoms
⁃ Anterior (Front) Knee Pain that feels almost sharp.
⁃ Pain walking up and down stairs
⁃ Pain moving from sitting to standing
⁃ Pain when kneeling or squatting
Why does it happen?
Runners Knee can be caused by a trauma/injury to the kneecap, but more commonly is an overuse injury that develops over time. It is common in people ages 15-35.
A common problem that patients have along with Runner’s Knee is a very tight IT Band. This tightness on the outside of the leg causes the knee joint to shift to the side, putting stress on the patella. This is the same thing that happens if one side of our quads muscles are stronger/tighter than the other on one leg.
Management (Short Term Goals)
⁃ Our Sports Therapist Naomh will work on your muscles and fascia to make them less tight, through sports massage and myofascial dry cupping. She will always give advice to take home with you after each session, if you want to take matters into your own hands too!
Management (Long Term Goals)
⁃ Our Osteopath Angus is an expert in running mechanics. He can assess your muscle imbalances through your running movements. This allows him to make a personal exercise rehab plan tailored to your needs, to prevent the problem occurring again and to get your performing better than before!
Our Liverpool City team work hand in hand to give you the best care you need for your problem. Team work makes the dream work!