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While training for a marathon on 20 mile run knee pain increased. Diagnosed with runners knee, cartilage loss possibly. Will this ever improve?

While training for a marathon on 20 mile run knee pain increased. Diagnosed with runners knee, cartilage loss possibly. Will this ever improve?

It can improve: Strengthen quadriceps muscles, especially vmo muscle. Cross train with cycling or stationary bike. Depending on your age and xray and MRI findings, sometimes prp injection may play a role. Avoid surgery. Physical therapy an option. Get a good sports medicine doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Strudwick
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Runner's Knee (Definition)

Runner's knee isn't really a condition itself. It's a loose term for several specific disorders with different causes. Runner's knee can result from: weak thigh muscles. Misalignment. Mainly patella. Direct trauma to the knee, like a ...Read more


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I have knee pain and been told it's probably runners knee. It's getting worse running or walking up/down hills/stairs. Buckles a lot. Painful.

I have knee pain and been told it's probably runners knee. It's getting worse running or walking up/down hills/stairs. Buckles a lot. Painful.

Giving way...: Is a nonspecific sign and does not indicated tears or any other pathology. However, if your pain is worsening it is important to be evaluated by a musculoskeletal physician to determine the cause and correct treatment of your knee pain. ...Read more

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Started running 2 mo ago (3mi 3xwk) and now my knee hurts. Feels twisted almost. I want to keep running. Will a brace help? Is it runners knee?

Started running 2 mo ago (3mi 3xwk) and now my knee hurts. Feels twisted almost. I want to keep running. Will a brace help? Is it runners knee?

U need 2 have Ur-: -knees evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. It needs hands on xam as well as Ur running history. Grass, black top, track flat or banked, hills & more. Also any foot deformity as prorated, also bring in Ur new as well as Ur regular shoes & old running shoes. Eval of them tells a lot. Imaging will B needed, plain ol X rays initially. Make an appointmen. ...Read more

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I have runners knee & am wondering if there's an effective but minimal brace to wear both knees when running that helps w/ knee tracking?

I have runners knee & am wondering if there's an effective but minimal brace to wear both knees when running that helps w/ knee tracking?

Yes and no: There is a fairly minimal knee brace known as a patellar sleeve that can potentially help if your symptoms are related to patellar maltracking. One of the more common causes of knee pain is called TFL syndrome, related to a tendon that runs down the lateral thigh and inserts on the lateral knee, and braces don't help too much with that, but taping and stretching can. ...Read more

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For 'runners knee' which running shoe would u recommend - Asics Gel Enhance Ultra 3 Running Shoe or Brooks Womens Adrenaline GTS 15 Running Shoe?

For 'runners knee' which running shoe would u recommend - Asics Gel Enhance Ultra 3 Running Shoe or Brooks Womens Adrenaline GTS 15 Running Shoe?

Not just Shoes...: Either shoe will do, but shoes are not the end all treatment for runners knee. There are many more things to consider before fixating on the shoe type. More important is whether you had, presently have or are in a preventive mode for the treatment of the problem. I suggest you seek out a sports medicine ortho specialist to do a proper evaluation and subsequent treatment and exercise protocol. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do to prevent runners knee?

What exercises can I do to prevent runners knee?

Many options: Just avoid hitting the ground hard. You can swim or do weights and use gym equipment for exercises or simply walk but you have to do fast/brisk walking to get good and adequate exercise.. ...Read more

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What type of excess ices can I do to help runners knee pain?

What type of excess ices can I do to help runners knee pain?

Stretch; avoid hills: I'm not sure exactly of your question but to avoid patellar and it band tendinitis make sure you take time to stretch before and after u run.Esp. The hamstring tendons and it band( back and outside of knee).Avoid hills if possible and use ice massage to your tender areas after a run. Consider trying a NSAID also. If no improvement w/ above.... Rest and cross train ( bicycle , swimming, elliptical. ...Read more

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I'm looking for specific exercises to help with runners knee (besides stretching, rolling, ice and rest). ?

I'm looking for specific exercises to help with runners knee (besides stretching, rolling, ice and rest).  ?

Quad strenghtening: Work on leg extension exercises and strengthening the quad muscles. Don't forget to work to balance the hamstrings as well. ...Read more

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I have runners knee syndrome and I use to do gymnastics. Would i be able to do that again or would that hurt my knees more?

Maybe with Rehab: If you appropriately rehab your injury and have no structural abnormality with your knee you should be able to return to all activities. Seek out the care of a sports medicine specialist and always remember to let pain be your guide with your activity level. ...Read more