When you hear the term runner’s knee, it’s easy to think that it is a condition that only affects athletes. But this is not necessarily the case. You don’t have to run a race to develop this type of pain. The truth is that runner’s knee is a common health condition. What is great about runner’s knee is that with the right type of treatment, the pain can be relieved and a person can go back to the activities that they enjoy.
To understand runner’s knee, you need to understand the way that your knees work. Unlike most of the other bones in your body, your kneecap is free-floating. This means that your knee moves back and forth when you bend your leg. However, there are a number of problems like muscle weakness and muscle tightness that throw off the alignment of your knee, thereby knocking your kneecap off track.
When your kneecap is out of alignment, it rubs against your thigh bone, and this can cause knee pain and swelling that only gets worse when you are active. For some people, the problem starts with their feet. The way your feet hit the ground can throw your knee out of alignment.
Runner’s knee is not caused by a sudden injury. It is something that builds up over time. At first, a person may only feel discomfort while they’re running or doing other activities. It might be a challenge to go up and down stairs. Or they might feel pain when they stand or sit for an extended period of time or when they move from one position to another.
Thankfully, minor cases of runner’s knee can be cared for using very simple means. Ice and anti-inflammatory medications can help the knee. However, in other cases, physical therapy, medications, and/or surgery may be recommended.
If your pain lingers or if it gets worse and begins to interfere with your ability to walk or run, talk to our experts at Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates in Duxbury and Sandwich. Our trained medical professionals can help you get better faster. Contact us today to book your appointment and learn more about your treatment options.