An introduction of Runner's Knee

Medical Consultant

Post: 2010-02-03

Running combines rhythmic ventilation and movement, effectively promoting muscular and cardiopulmonary endurance and promoting fitness. According to sports medical research, many leg injuries can result from running. About 42% of all overuse injuries effect the knee joint. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS, also called "Runner’s Knee") is the most common overuse injury among runners. Some knee injuries, for example, torn cartilage or ligament, high-arched feet or flat feet can pull the patella sideways. Tight hamstring and calf muscles and weak quadriceps muscles can cause the patella to track out of alignment, thus just the repetitive force of a normal running stride alone can be enough to provoke injury. It can effect one or both knees. Recent study indicates that PFPS mostly strikes younger, recreational runners and twice as many women as men. The symptoms of PFPS include tenderness behind or around the patella. You may feel pain toward the back of the knee, a sense of cracking or that the knee's giving out. Steps, hills, and uneven terrain can aggravate PFPS. Understanding is the best way to prevent knee injuries and effect treatment.

Reducing inflammation, strengthening muscles and proprioceptive training can help prevent injury. Physical aids help remove pain during exercise in order to prevent Vastus Medialis Obique (VMO) inhibition. For example, the Patellar Strap, LP 581, can assist patella stability with compression on the patellar tendon to inhibit stress loading. Place the Crescent Shaped Knee Support, LP 579CA, on the side of the patella. When knee motion pulls the straps, the pad increases inward force on the patella to prevent shifting, even when performing imbalanced motions, which helps relieve pain and reduce symptoms of PFPS.