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Runnerís Knee Injuries & Treatments


Running is one of the most effective aerobic exercises around. It strengthens the heart, increases athletic endurance, decreases stress, whittles the waistline and even improves posture and balance. Like most athletic endeavors, however, running has the risk of injury. Since a runnerís knees receive the bulk of the impact, it is no wonder that knee injury is among the most common running-related ailments. The three most common knee injuries observed in runners include:

Plica Syndrome

Plica syndrome is the inflammation of the tissue surrounding the knee joint. In some extreme instances, the lining can become so inflamed it creates a "shelf" that extends beyond the kneecap. Plica Syndrome can be very painful and treatment involves physical therapy and in some cases surgery.

Patellofemoral Syndrome

Also known as plain old "runner's knee," Patellofemoral Syndrome involves the erosion or softening of the cartilage around the kneecap and is usually the result of years of repetitive movement. While there is some debate over recommended treatment, most medical experts agree that Patellofemoral Syndrome is best managed with mild to moderate pain relievers, isolated muscle work, preventative stretching, and a quality patella knee brace or sports knee brace.

Dislocating Kneecap

Dislocating kneecap is exactly what it sounds likeÖ a propensity for the knee to dislocate during what would be normal innocuous movements on a healthy knee. This ailment is not only painful during the actual dislocation, but with time, it can lead to chronic pain and knee instability. Dislocating kneecap is best treated with physical therapy (typically strengthening exercises) and a patella stabilizer.


Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.

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