Runner’s Knee – Don’t Get Left Behind!

Now that the Gold Coast marathon is over, we have had an influx of new clients come into the clinic and present with runner’s knee.

Throughout and even after your marathon training, chances are, you have experienced some knee pain. If so, you have most likely experienced runner’s knee.

Runner’s knee has a variety of different names, but the most commonly used names are:

  • Chondromalacia
  • Runner’s knee
  • Anterior knee pain

Whatever you wish to call it, this condition is actually the most common type of pain found in the knee. In fact, about 16.5% of all running injuries are runner’s knee. Constant pain around the knee cap is the best way to describe the condition, or a dull pain behind or around the top of the kneecap. This discomfort is generally recurrent in nature as well.

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to fully understand the source and cause of the pain yet. So, we asked the amazing therapists as Health Place what they think the cause is!

With our experience in both clinics, we’ve actually observed a few ongoing factors and trends. Often we find people’s outside hip muscles aren’t firing fast enough or long enough, consequently causing the femur to drive inward and the knee cap to slide outward.

Another situation in which this sort of injury occurs is from improper training techniques. Poor running form, or even running at the same speed for extended periods, puts the knees into extreme flexion. In fact, when was the last time you had your running technique assessed, or made a visit to our amazing podiatrist, Nick Sprenger?

In the next few weeks we will be sharing some great tips and exercises to fight this painful and common complaint.