Health and Fitness

Knee Pain in Runners

Pain within the knee of runners is easily the most frequent too much use injury which runners get. Knee injuries make up to approximately 25% of the overuse injuries. It is more widespread in women compared to males. The term which is traditionally given to this disorder is patellofemoral pain syndrome as well as runners knee. The patella is the knee cap and the femoral word is the femur bone which the patella moves upon throughout motion of the knee joint whilst running. The problem needs to be given serious attention and dealt with properly since there is an increased connection between this disorder and osteoarthritis of the patellofemoral joint in with increased age.

The usual signs and symptoms tend to be a very gradual start of a dull pain which progressively worsens. The pain is usually at the back of the patella which is even worse if walking up stairs or running up slopes. Other than that, there isn't any specified diagnostic standards for patellofemoral pain syndrome and the identification is by and large only given following other potential causes are already excluded. Characteristically, the symptoms occur following a period of an increase in working out or running amount that was too fast for your knee to adapt to those loads. It also could come after a alteration of the running or exercise program, for example the transition from street running to high intensity work in order to get ready for a competition. A foot that have overpronation or rolls in an excessive amount in the ankle is also thought to be a consideration that increases the risk for the disorder. Any lack of strength in the muscle groups about the hip joint are likewise a factor in patellofemoral pain syndrome.

The real key approach to the treating of this in athletes is knowledge. The runner would need to understand exactly just what the nature of the disorder is, what they really want to do with regards to changing their exercise or running loads to ensure that there are no jumps in there exercise amounts, and what the effects of the problem long term and the significance to get over it without delay.

To take care of the problem with the foot overpronation, foot supports to aid that as well as advice with regards to the proper running footwear may be required. They are going to have to be adapted to over time and can help reduce a lot of the force on the knee joint which may be resulting in the condition. A podiatrist can deal with that.

The muscle power and motor control around the hip joint is equally essential and ought to be attended to. The physical therapist can sort out that. The muscles that have to be strengthened include the ones that abduct the hip joint and also the quads at the front of the thigh. Both of these groups of muscles are extremely crucial in controlling the knee joint and then any weak point with them is not only likely to predispose to the problem, it's going to lengthen the rehabilitation. The proficiency of the runners to control the knee is additionally probably going to be looked at and worked on by the physical therapist by using a variety of physical exercises and running exercises.

Many of these matters have been recently dealt with by a specialist in patellofemoral pain syndrome, the physio therapist Dr Christian Barton in the recent episode of the livestream, PodChatLive.

Doug Parks