Anterior knee pain in runners
Anterior knee pain in runners is an injury to the cartilage that lies beneath your kneecap. It is commonly known as runner’s knee, and it is one of the terrible pain that affects the individual, prevent from running and restrict activities.
The malalignment of your knee cap may occur while running on uneven surfaces and due to muscle imbalance. You may have tightness of muscles on either side of the knee joint that may pull the kneecap on the stronger side, causing instability in the joint and compression of surrounding structures causing anterior knee pain.
Inadequate physical training and inappropriate sports techniques may injure the knee muscles. The weak muscles may not be able to hold the kneecap in its neutral position. It falls out of the place and damages the cartilage in the knee joint.
Running involves repeated movements of knee bending and straightening for a more extended period. The structures in and around the knee joint may get overused, which may degenerate the cartilage gradually. Abnormalities such as flat foot and hyperextended knee may also sprain your knee ligaments causing runner’s knee.
- You may feel pain in the front of your knee
- You may feel weakness in the joint and difficulty doing activities.
- pain may aggravate on sitting.
- Climbing up and down the stairs may seem impossible.
It is the first line of treatment of anterior knee pain.
Rest: resting your knee in a pain-free position, and avoiding activities may allow the knee to recover and prevent further injury.
Ice therapy: the cooling effect of ice therapy may help to put off the process of injury to continue. It stimulates the healing process at the pain site and speeds up recovery.
Compression: wrapping your injured knee with compression bandage may help your knee to reduce and prevent the accumulation of fluids and also help restrict the movements of the joints.
Elevation: Elevation of the injured knee may help relieve pressure on the joints as well as improve blood circulation.
- Strengthening exercises: strengthening your weakened structures around the knee may help balance the pull of muscles force on the knee cap from all the sides.
- Taping: taping may help position the kneecap in its neutral position, reducing stress on it.
- Assistive device: use of the assistive device may help support and protect the injured
The running sport involves every system in your body to work towards delivering great energy to be able to run faster and consistently until the end. It takes adequate physical training and perseverance in practice, which may help prevent injuries and stress during running activity and may improve your performance.