Just like all joints in the human body, the knee is surrounded by cartilage and tissues that act as a natural shock absorber to support the smooth functioning of the joint. Chondromalacia patellae, commonly known as ‘runner’s knee’, is a condition characterized by pain around the kneecap because of overuse or injury. Continuing on the subject, in this article, we discuss the causes, symptoms and treatment options for this condition.
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What are the Causes of Runner’s Knee?
There are various problems that can cause the onset of runner’s knee, some of which are:
- Injury to the thigh, ankle, knee or hip that changes the alignment and pressure on the knee
- Excess body weight
- Gender, as women tend to be at a higher risk of runner’s knee due to the difference in their hip and knee alignment
- Any training or exercise errors that have caused the application of excessive pressure on the kneecap
- Over-exertion of the knee over a consistent period of time without adequate recovery
- Weak thigh and hip muscles can cause increased pressure on the knee resulting in this condition
- Lack of flexibility in the thigh muscles, the calf muscles or the hamstring muscle can strain the knee leading to runner’s knee
What are the Symptoms of Runner’s Knee?
Some of the symptoms of runner’s knee you should watch out for include:
- Pain in the front portion of the knee and along the sides of the kneecap. This results from the misalignment of pressure on the knee
- Swelling in the front portion of the knee accompanied by soreness
- Excessive pain and stiffness after a period of the knee in a bent position such as while driving, sitting at a desk or in a car.
- Knee crepitus, a condition wherein certain movements of the knee create a grinding sensation, especially after a prolonged period of rest overnight.
Should you experience any of the above symptoms, it is advisable that you call a Spine And Joint Hospital in Plano to schedule an appointment with a knee specialist.
What are the Treatment Options for Runner’s Knee?
Most cases of runner’s knee resolve without any surgical intervention. Commonly adopted treatment options include RICE – rest, ice, compression, and elevation. In addition to this, your Orthopedic in Plano could prescribe some anti-inflammatory medications that may ease the swelling.
Should the above treatments be insufficient, your orthopedic knee surgeon may recommend physical therapy in order to strengthen the muscles around your knee .
Additional support may include a patellar brace, taping or shoe inserts could also be helpful.
Surgical intervention for runner’s knee is rare and is only considered after non-surgical treatment options have failed. For a personalized opinion on Runner’s Knee, contact Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center, a physician referral line, to connect with a reputable knee specialist near you. To schedule an appointment, click here or simply call (888) 608-476.
NOTE: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.