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Runner’s Knee

What is Runner’s Knee?

As the name suggests Runner’s Knee is Knee pain commonly suffered by runners but it may also affect people with constant knee bending activity. Runner’s knee can be a result of one of the numerous knee injuries.

Runner’s knee can be categorized into either Anterior knee pain (front) or Lateral knee pain (outer aspect) commonly affecting the runners.

Causes of Runner’s Knee

Anterior Runner’s Knee Pain Sources,

Anterior knee pain is felt on the front of the knee and most common conditions in runners are:

Lateral Runner’s Knee Pain

Lateral knee pain is felt on the outer aspect of the knee and the most common cause in runners is Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome.

Symptoms of Runner’s Knee:

Runner’s knee strikes mostly younger, recreational runners and twice as many women as men, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (Women tend to have wider hips, resulting in a greater angling of the thighbone to the knee, which puts the kneecap under more stress).

Symptoms of runner’s knee include

Tenderness behind or around the patella, usually toward its center,

Pain toward the side of the knee, a sense of cracking or that the knee’s giving way,

Steps, hills, and uneven terrain can aggravate the runner’s knee.


Physiotherapists are experts in the diagnosis of a runner’s knee. For an accurate diagnosis, please seek a professional opinion since treatment can vary considerably depending on the diagnosis.

Treatment of Runner’s Knee:

Runner’s knee treatment will vary according to the specific underlying condition. As discussed earlier it may arise as a result of the following conditions mentioned below, treatment will be accordingly.

  • Patellofemoral Joint Pain Syndrome
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Patella Tendonitis
  • Knee Bursitis
  • Fat Pad Impingement
  • Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome
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