Runner’s knee explained

As our congratulations go out to those who took part in the virtual London Marathon this October, we take a look at a common injury that can affect runners. Despite its name however, runner’s knee isn’t just an injury specific to runners. It’s also an umbrella term, rather than a specific injury, which describes any one of several conditions that causes pain around the kneecap (Patella). 

What causes runner’s knee?

The pain associated with this condition may be caused by irritation of the soft tissues or lining of the knee, worn or torn cartilage, or strained tendons. Any of the following can also bring on runner’s knee:

What are the symptoms?

Typically, runner’s knee presents a dull, achy pain around or under your knee cap. You may feel pain particularly when:

The area around your knee could swell, or you might hear popping or have a grinding feeling in the knee.

How can it be treated with Osteopathy?

With a treatment plan of Osteopathic manual therapy, your healing time will be reduced significantly. A series of rehabilitation treatments, alongside corrective measures to continue at home will be given by your Osteopath such as ice/heat, rest or specific exercises at the appropriate time for you. 

To help minimise pain and speed up your recovery:

NSAIDs such as ibuprofen can reduce pain and inflammation but talk to your doctor before taking these medicines, especially if you have other health conditions or take other medications.

How can you prevent it from occurring or reoccurring?

A graduated progression back into training can be discussed with your Osteopath as you work through your rehabilitation programme. Don’t suffer with knee pain, get in touch to book your appointment here.