Runners knee is caused by a tendon injury to the knee. It is usually as a result of gradual overload, a change in training or a sudden increase in activity. Whilst it is most commonly seen in runners, it can be caused by a variety of reasons. In runners alone, it is estimated that it is responsible for 25% of all injuries.
Runners knee is caused by a mismatch in strength and output. Simply put, if you do too much on your knee but are not strong enough to do so, it is likely that you will develop runners knee. Symptoms include tenderness to touch, pain when going up and down stairs and (obviously!) pain when running.
As Physiotherapists, we take a deep look as to why you are in pain, whether that be a movement issue, a strength issue or something else. Once we have found out exactly what is causing your pain, we can formulate a treatment plan to fix the problem.
Some of the techniques for runners knee treatment include:
To get a very accurate diagnosis, we use diagnostic ultrasound scans if required. Whilst the success rate of these treatments is high, occasionally we struggle to get a break through. We offer Hyaluronic Acid Injections and Corticosteroid Injections which offer both pain relief and joint lubrication and can have long lasting results. If you are interested in exploring these further, please speak to your Physiotherapist.
Usually, with a structured treatment plan, you can expect to see results within a matter of weeks – and most people experience and improvement in their pain immediately.
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