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Runner's Knees

What are Runner's Knees?

The term ‘Runner’s Knee’ is used due to the fact that joggers and runners are commonly susceptible to knee pain due to the repeated impact caused by running on hard surfaces. The cartilage in the knee usually glides over the knee during bending. However in some individuals, the kneecaps tend to rub against one side of the knee joint causing wear or cracking of the cartilage.

What are the causes of Runner's Knees?

The injury is caused by the kneecap becoming misaligned. Ordinarily the kneecap sits in a groove and moves up or down as the knee straightens or flexes, however if the kneecap is slightly out of place it can rub against the edges of the groove in which it sits. As the rubbing continues the cartilage around and behind the kneecap can wear away. Occasionally there will be a build up of fluid which can cause the area around the injury to swell, causing discomfort.

This condition often affects young, otherwise healthy athletes. It is common amongst those who play football, cyclists, tennis players, ballet dancers and runners. Skateboarders and skiers are especially prone to this injury to due to the nature of the sport involving twisting and jumping.

What are the symptoms of Runner's Knees?

The kneecap rubs against one side of the knee joint. The resulting wear on the cartilage can lead to:

The pain of Runner's Knee can be felt either behind the kneecap itself or at the back of the knee. One may also experience a grinding sensation around the kneecap area.

Treatment of Runner's Knees

Both Physiotherapists and Osteopaths are qualified and experienced to deal with this condition. The Physiotherapist is a personal trainer and so may be preferred by Sportsmen/Women. Our therapists are registered with most Private Healthcare Providers. Please contact the Clinic for more details.

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