Runner’s knee is a term given to knee pain experienced by runners. But, it can strike anyone, even if you do not run and even if you are not an athlete. The condition is termed runner’s knee because it is common in those that run. Now, the definition is broader because it can happen to those that walk, bend, bike, or jump frequently. It can even happen to the elderly or the very young.
Runner’s knee is not a diagnosis. Diagnostic terms for knee include sprain/strain, arthritis, degeneration, meniscal tear, or patellofemoral pain syndrome. A runner’s knee is more of a loose-term that often is meant to group several conditions that may be the actual cause of pain. Runner’s knee is a diagnosis indicative of weakness in muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the thigh. The term is often used by a therapist or clinician, as it is a more layman-friendly terminology.
Runner‘s knee can be due to trauma, degeneration, arthritis, or even slight bony misalignments of the knee joint. Whatever the case may be, a runner’s knee impacts the front of the knees. Usually, the most common complaint is pain behind the kneecap.
Our centers have seen a fair share of these patients. We have almost a 100% success rate in treatments of these types of knee pain or knee condition. The key to therapy is timely diagnosis of the actual condition. We may call it a runner’s knee, but we do it to enable your understanding of your knee injury. Our aim to correct and stabilize the reason why you have pain when you walk, run, or bend. We fix the problems that have led to pain behind your kneecap.