While runner's knee can affect runners, it can also strike people involved in other activities, including skiing, cycling, jumping, and walking. Fortunately, treatments are available, including sports medicine.
At our private practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Dr. Jeremy Woodson and our well-trained team can do everything from treating injuries to assisting you in improving your performance.
We care for people of all ages and activity levels, using innovative and personalized treatments. Whether you have runner's knee and are looking for relief with sports medicine or have another concern, we can help you with all of your orthopedic needs.
Runner's knee is not a singular diagnosis but rather a term used to describe one of many knee issues. Most often the pain is in the front of the kneecap and there could be swelling, popping, or a grinding sensation. Discomfort may be more significant when the knee is bent to walk, squat, or stand up from a sitting position. It may also be worse when walking downstairs or downhill.
There are several causes of runner's knee. These can include overusing the joint, especially during exercise, having weak or tight thigh muscles, or misaligned bones anywhere from the hips to the ankles. Issues with the feet, like flat feet or overpronation, can also result in knee pain. Finally, arthritis or an injury like falling can lead to an issue as well.
Diagnosis is typically made with a thorough physical exam and tests like a blood test, X-ray, MRI, or CT scan.
Most treatments don’t require surgery. Resting, using ice, wrapping the knee for compression to reduce swelling, and elevating it when sitting down are recommended. Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also help.
In addition, sports medicine can aid in repairing and rehabilitating runner's knee. Depending on the cause and situation, care may include physical therapy, bracing, orthotics, and more. Sports medicine can also teach preventive measures to avoid other injuries in the future, as well as provide information on how to improve performance.
In addition to treatment, there are several steps you can take to prevent runner's knee. Proper warm-up and stretching exercises before working out can help, as can staying in good shape and at a healthy weight. Use running shoes that are the correct type and size and not worn out. Pay attention to your running form as well, being sure to keep a tight core and bent knees.
If you're experiencing knee pain, call our office today at 405-233-3602 to make an appointment for a diagnosis and treatment plan.