Experiencing runner’s knee pain during or after running?
As your mileage picks up throughout the year, you might start to experience a dull pain in your knees. This pain is often diagnosed as Runner’s Knee, known medically as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS). Knee injuries are one of the most common orthopedic problems, especially for people performing in high impact sports like running.
The symptoms of Runner’s Knee are easy to spot: When you take your first strides, you will probably notice pain around the kneecap that may subside during the run but return once you are finished.
If you catch Runner’s Knee early, the easiest cure is to cut your mileage down significantly or stop running all together for at least several weeks. Stretching, rolling out your legs, icing, and checking to make sure you are wearing the proper footwear are other solutions.
However, if you have already tried these methods and the pain continues, you may have an acute or chronic injury that cannot be solved without proper medical diagnosis and treatment.
Medical treatment may be necessary because once the knee pain becomes recurrent, you may have permanently damaged the cartilage in your knee. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are signs of damaged cartilage especially after rest, activity modification, and the use of anti-inflammatories.
As a runner, there is nothing worse than putting your training on hold, especially when you are gearing up for a race. At this point, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelly Cunningham at Austin Sports Medicine.
If you are diagnosed with chronic Runner’s Knee, Dr. Kelly Cunningham can provide several innovative treatment pathways that may help restore the cartilage health and function, decrease pain, promote healing, and get you back to running in time for your next race. He will help you come back stronger so that you can keep logging those miles without knee pain or further injury to your knees.
For more information about runner’s knee in Austin, Tx, please contact us.