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Runner’s Knee

What is Runner’s Knee

There are many reasons why a person may be feeling pain at or around the knee.This may be due to ligament damage, either of the cruciate ligaments anterior and posterior, which are responsible for controlling the back and forth. This reduces the risk of the tibia sliding past the femur. A cruciate ligament test can be carried out, to determine whether there was pain in doing so.

If you are suffering with a knee pain and want to talk to someone immediately contact Molly today. However, if you want to know more about this injury & the prescribed treatments please read on.

It could also be damage to the meniscus. The two C shaped shock absorbers are made from fibrocartilage, called the menisci, they help prevent excessive twisting of the knee. It can be damaged by suddenly twisting the knee, whilst weightbearing on it. There are also Collateral ligaments within the knee, both lateral and medial. They work to control the movement side to side both medially and laterally. At the Soft Tissue Therapy clinic in Norfolk it’s a very common injury – one we have successfully treated many times.

A runner suffering from Patella Femoral pain - aka Runner's Knee

Underlying Causes of Runner’s Knee

Patella femoral pain is a generic term normally associated with ‘runner’s knee’. This just means that a person is experiencing a dull pain at the front of the kneecap (patella), where the knee connects to the femur (femoral part). Patella femoral pain can have many underlying causes:

  • Overuse
  • Direct trauma
  • Postural defects/alignment
  • Foot issues e.g., fallen arches (flat feet), over pronation, hypermobile talocrural joint (ankle).
  • Chronically tight or weak quadriceps as they attach to the tibial tuberosity via the patella tendon, they may be the cause of the patella not being in the correct position. For example, if the quadriceps were chronically tight, they may be pulling on the patella.
  • Chondromalacia patella: a condition in which the cartilage under your kneecap breaks down or softens

Soft tissue therapy can aid with loosening and realigning the muscle fibres where necessary. For example, at the quadriceps, where they may be chronically tight, techniques can be utilised to return the muscle to its natural state. This may help with knee pain. If there is ligament pain during the tests, then a therapist may refer you to be seen by a GP to get a medical opinion and maybe further an MRI to see the damage. Active movements and passive movements will help in determining whether it is a structural issue or whether it is soft tissue.

Disclaimer information

* This should not be taken as medical advice and you should still contact your GP/hospital if you suspect a serious injury