Runner’s Knee Treatment: Female Runner’s, Male Runner’s and treatment suggestions
Runner’s knee is a common painful condition that can stop a runner in their tracks, especially if you have a big race coming up such as the Los Angeles marathon. Runner’s knee is a general term used to describe knee pain that occurs while running. Male runner’s tend to have pain directly over the knee cap and female runner’s tend to have pain over the inner knee and thigh. Regardless of exact knee pain location it’s common to receive a broad diagnosis of Runner’s knee, you know…because you’re a runner.
How to Fix Runner’s Knee?
Despite the name, fixing runner’s knee involves more than just knee pain specific treatments and straps to support the knee are not the answer! The knee is a simple hinge joint that bends into flexion and extension during running. The majority of the force that travels up the leg has to be controlled and directed by the foot, ankle and hips. If any of these joints lack proper mobility or stability, then it’s common for the knee to become painful. Think about where a stick would break if it’s bent far enough.
There the initial treatment needs to consist of:
- Gait analysis to assess hips, feet and ankles
- Orthopedic examination of all joints of the lower spine and legs
- In depth local examination of knee to determine pain generator