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what is runners knee, I have heard of this but have no clues as to what it is, I am on week 2 day 3 and my knee has been hurting/sore since week 2 day 1 I gave it a extra day of rest and have been doing the ice the heat thing. It feels almost line a bruise ( kinds like when you bang your knee on a trailer hitch type pain ) sorry I'm from the south and that is the easiest way to explain it. Is this what runners knee feels like? And if so what should I do? Press through the pain or what?

I know running will never be pain free. Advice or help. Is it runners knee?

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Hi Ken, i found this arricle online and hope it helps. I have had Miniscus surgery amd that is really common. The pain was in the interior side of my knee.

 

Dont push through the pain if it hurts really bad. See your orthopedic DR... If you feel its just from exercising, wait a few days but I would get it looked at. Hooe this helps yiu and keep us posted.

 

http://www.runnersworld.com/tag/runners-knee

 

Runner's Knee

Runner's Knee

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), or runner's knee, got its nickname for an obvious and very unfortunate reason—it's common among runners. The stress of running can cause irritation where the kneecap (patella) rests on the thighbone. The resulting pain can be sharp and sudden or dull and chronic, and it may disappear while you're running, only to return again afterward. While biomechanical issues may be to blame, the cause can often be traced back to poorly conditioned quadriceps and tight hamstrings. Weak quads aren't able to support the patella, leading it to track out of alignment, and inflexible hamstrings can put pressure on the knee. If you want to treat and avoid another bout with runner's knee, add strengthening and stretching to your routine.

 

Image © American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

 

Identifying symptoms of runner's knee

Patellofemoral pain syndrome can affect one or both knees. It strikes mostly younger, recreational runners and twice as many women as men, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (Women tend to have wider hips, resulting in a greater angling of the thighbone to the knee, which puts the kneecap under more stress.)

 

Symptoms of runner's knee include tenderness behind or around the patella, usually toward its center. You may feel pain toward the back of the knee, a sense of cracking or that the knee's giving out. Steps, hills, and uneven terrain can aggravate PFPS.

 

Causes of runner's knee

Pinpointing a single cause of runner's knee is difficult. It could be a biomechanical problem—the patella may be larger on the outside than it is on the inside, it may sit too high in the femoral groove, or it may dislocate easily. Also, worn cartilage in the knee joint reduces shock absorption, high-arched feet provide less cushioning, and flat feet or knees that turn in or out excessively can pull the patella sideways.

 

There are also muscular causes. Tight hamstring and calf muscles put pressure on the knee, and weak quadriceps muscles can cause the patella to track out of alignment. Just the repetitive force of a normal running stride alone can be enough to provoke an attack.

 

Prevention and treatment of runner's knee

To prevent PFPS, run on softer surfaces, keep mileage increases less than 10 percent per week, and gradually increase hill work in your program. Visit a specialty running shop to make sure you're wearing the proper shoes for your foot type and gait. Also, strengthening your quadriceps will improve patellar tracking, and stretching your hamstrings and calves will prevent overpronation.

 

At the first sign of pain, cut back your mileage. The sooner you lessen the knee's workload, the faster healing begins. Avoid knee-bending activities, canted surfaces, and downward stairs and slopes until the pain subsides. As you rebuild mileage, use a smaller stride on hills. Consider orthotics if new shoes don't fix the problem. See a doctor if the pain persists, to rule out another condition.

 

Runner's World Video: Runner's Knee

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I hear you Ken. I messed up my left knee pretty badly when I was a kid (broken patella) and post run icing is pretty much mandatory for me. I have to ice it down after a bike ride too.

 

I tried one of those knee bands and it actually made it worse. I'm going to try a knee sleeve next to see if that helps.....I kinda think it's just a placebo but it does keep my mind focused on my knee and a good, well-balanced foot strike. I think lack of fitness isn't terribly helpful in this regard and I do expect it to improve over time.

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