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A 50-year-old male asked:

what is runners knee?

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Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Tendon : Inflammation below the knee cap.
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 16 years experience
Kneecap cartilage : It is irritation of the cartilage under the knee cap. Causes: overuse, functional weakness of the quads, vmo, glutes and core muscles, abnormal gait, too many hill runs, too much or too little flexibility, and anatomical shallow grooves where the knee cap glides. Strengthening, bracing, gait retraining, anti-inflammatories, injections, and even surgery can help. See sports med doc with experience.
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Tendonitis: "runners knee " is a broad term that generally incorporates illiotibial band( it) and patellar( kneecap) tendinitis . " jumpers" knee is a term used for isolated patellar tendonitis. Ors try to identify the tendon that is inflamed and avoid( generally) a broad non- specific term like " runners knee"... !btw some actual distance runners who run alot of hills in training get it band(outside) ten's..
Dr. Shadia Constantine
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Many causes: A runner's knee is essentially pain in the knee but it can involve different structures like the problems with the bones (patella), tendons around the knee (IT band) or problems inside the joint itself. Depending on the severity of the pain, the presence or swelling, the treatment would be different.
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Don't knee-d this.: Really not a specific disorder but more of a possible combination of several conditions that can give pain and dysfunction to the knee area. It is called "patellofemoral pain syndrome" and can be traced to several issues. Overuse, weak thigh muscles, poor foot mechanics, and trauma and just a few. Consult with a Healthtap orthopedist to begin the rehab process.

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A female asked:

I am a runner and the inner side of my knee cap hurts? What is this ? I am only 18.

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Dr. Dann Byck
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Patella-Femoral pain: Patella-femoral syndrome (pfs) is a very common condition in runners and none runners. It does affect younger people too. You should see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and start a rehab program.
A female asked:

Will i be able to run after knee replacement? I am a lifelong runner. Will i be able to run again after knee replacement?

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Dr. Paul Manner
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Not : Not recommended. Repeated high impacts, such as from running, can damage the plastic spacer in the knee, and it can break down quickly as a result. I advise patients to seek other forms of exercise - low-impact, high-endurance activities such as hiking, biking, or swimming are fine.
A 26-year-old male asked:

How to cure runners knee symptoms?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Stretch: Please see my previous answer on runners' knee. Briefly, stretch your hamstrings and it band before and after u run. Avoid running hills. Use ice massage to tender areas for 20-30 min after u run. Try otc nsaids . If it continues to hurt despite above rest and crosstrain! good luck!
A 38-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have runners knee and it's getting worse, what should I do.?

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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
It depends.: Runner's knee is a vague term. If you're not getting better, than you should see a non-surgical sports medicine specialist, who could determine the exact nature of your problem, and then come up with an appropriate treatment plan.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Please help, I need advice to treat runners knee?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Strengthen: quadriceps muscles and tape your kneecap based on the direction it goes when your walk or run. This can be accomplished by seeing a sports training physical therapy program.

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