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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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What is runners knee?

What is runners knee?

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.. ...Read more

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How to cure runners knee symptoms?

How to cure runners knee symptoms?

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! ...Read more

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Please help, I need advice to treat runners knee?

Please help, I need advice to treat runners knee?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...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?

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

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What's the best treatment for runners knee?

What's the best treatment for runners knee?

Exam needed: Runner's knee is a term used to refer to a number of medical conditions that cause pain around the front of the knee. These conditions include anterior knee pain syndrome, patellofemoral malalignment, and chondromalacia patella.
Some call lateral knee pain, it band irritation runners knee.
Simple education, exercise, and footwear may be all that is needed while some need more agressive treatment. ...Read more

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How can I treat runners knee (knee patellofemoral syndrome)?

How can I treat runners knee (knee patellofemoral syndrome)?

Treat cause/symptoms: "runner's knee" is not a specific diagnosis but a term for knee disorders occurring in runners. In general, the reason for the pain is overuse and/or inflammation. General recommendations: avoid the aggravating activity, rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication, compression/bracing, and time. Once improved, gradual return to running, and increased cross-training, may limit recurrences. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with runners knee about 4 weeks ago and I've been doing the exercises I was told but im still in pain feeling a burning sensation?

Knee pain: Knee pain can take awhile to resolve since we rarely completely rest our knees. Remember rice for any injury. Rest, ice, compression, elevation
try a knee wrap
ask you doctor about an nsaid, like ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Could u know how long it would take to recover from surgery for chondromalacia, or runners knee?

Could u know how long it would take to recover from surgery for chondromalacia, or runners knee?

It depends.: Depends on exactly what is done. Most recoveries are 2-3 months. But there are some procedures that require 6 months for full recovery. Ask your surgeon for the specifics of his/her rehabilitation protocol. ...Read more

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I wear a knee brace cuz I have runners knee but my knee constantly feels like it wants to give out when I wear it. Why?

I wear a knee brace cuz I have runners knee but my knee constantly feels like it wants to give out when I wear it. Why?

Give way: Muscle weakness or imbalance. Try cross training with other exercises besides running such as bike, elliptical, swim, & resistance training with weights. ...Read more

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Can catching and pressure in knee while walking be a runners knee flare up? Also aftet kneeling it continues to catch and lock all day.

Can catching and pressure in knee while walking be a runners knee flare up? Also aftet kneeling it continues to catch and lock all day.

Knee issues: The feeling of catching and pressure in knee can be associated with runner's knee. However, we also think of meniscus injury with a history of catching and locking. ...Read more

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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

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How ultrasound therapy works? Can it heal runners knee permanently?

How ultrasound therapy works? Can it heal runners knee permanently?

It's complicated: U/s is a form of deep heat. You may need an orthopedic or sports medicine evaluation to figure out your knee pain. ...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.

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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What's the best way to treat knee pain from runners knee? I had arthroscopic surgery april 2012 and I've gone through pt twice to help & nothing helps

What's the best way to treat knee pain from runners knee? I had arthroscopic surgery april 2012 and I've gone through pt twice to help & nothing helps

Runners knee: This diagnosis is generally given to any number of conditions that involve the knee. It may include tendinitis of either the quad or patellar tendons versus mild arthritis under the patella. At this point if you're still having problems I would want to confirm that all intra-articular pathology was addressed at the time surgery. I may also consider evaluating the alignment of your patellofemoral joint. Finally if all else fails I would recommend alternating your training regimen with bike elliptical and swim. ...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?

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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Hips popping on inside of leg while walking/exercise. Feels like needs to be popped/uncomfortable. Sometimes better. Runners knee both knees. Ideas?

Hips popping on inside of leg while walking/exercise. Feels like needs to be popped/uncomfortable. Sometimes better. Runners knee both knees. Ideas?

Are you hypermobile: We see this kind of situation where people are hyper mobile or limber and can easily flex their joints sometimes too far. The best therapy for that is to get and build up good muscle tone. You could ask your physician help evaluate that. ...Read more

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Have a hip labral tear & runners knee. Pain in hip got worse this week & affected my knee. Should I see ortho for pain or was it just a flare?

Have a hip labral tear & runners knee. Pain in hip got worse this week & affected my knee. Should I see ortho for pain or was it just a flare?

A labral tear needs-: -2 B attended 2 by a fellowship trained ortho in sports medicine. Labral tears do not heal, they R like a pair of jeans. A small tear only gets bigger as U wear them. There R MRI arthrograms 2 help in they planning of care. Often arthroscopic surgery is needed. Don't wait get an appt. & yes it's a flare, the hole in Ur jeans just got bigger. ...Read more

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Whole upper right legs feels numb after doing sit ups, and hurts somewhere along upper leg. Had runners knee if that helps. What could cause the pain?

Whole upper right legs feels numb after doing sit ups, and hurts somewhere along upper leg. Had runners knee if that helps. What could cause the pain?

Could be nerve pain: It is best to get this checked out, but it could be nerve pain related to the lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh. A medical term for this is meralgia paraesthetica. Basically there is a nerve that supplies this part of your leg that can relatively commonly become irritated and then numb. It would be best to see a sports medicine doctor or a neurologist for this condition. ...Read more

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I have 4 overuse injuries in one of my legs (runners knee, hip tendonitis, hamstring tendonitis and shin splits). Why do I keep getting them?

I have 4 overuse injuries in one of my legs (runners knee, hip tendonitis, hamstring tendonitis and shin splits). Why do I keep getting them?

Biomechanics: Could be a biomechanical flaw in your gait. Could also have a structural deformity in a limb that puts you at risk for these injuries. I would see an orthopedic first to rule out injury then maybe visit a Podiatrist for possible custom orthotic. A chiropractic evaluation may also be of benefit. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with tennis elbow in both arms runners knee in both knees over 1 month. Now have sore wrists, neck and thumb, and first 2 finger?

I have been diagnosed with tennis elbow in both arms runners knee in both knees over 1 month. Now have sore wrists, neck and thumb, and first 2 finger?

Need workup: With multi- joint involvement I would recommend a rheumatologist be your next consultation. This may be a systemic immune issue and proper diagnosis is important. ...Read more

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Which medicine is good for knee pain and swelling?

Which medicine is good for knee pain and swelling?

Depends....: There are medications or other modalities which are used in managing swelling around the knee. Medications such as Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) are useful, but you should be aware of the potential side effects of these medications, particularly for extended use. Ice is often your best friend when suffering from swelling around the knee. The best treatment is to treat the cause of the swelling. ...Read more

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Is chinese medicine effective for a old knee injury?

Is chinese medicine effective for a old knee injury?

Could be: But it also depends on what chinese medicine you are thinking of. Medicine or acupuncture. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine or theraphy for my knee pain?

Diagnosing the prob!: Too many causes for knee pain, with different approaches to answer. Diagnosis is the first step. See your doc! ...Read more

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Please recommend the best homepath medicine for knee pain (cartledge)?

Capsaicin cream OTC: Sudden knee pain is usually the result of overusing the knee or suddenly injuring it. In many cases of knee pain, you don't need to see your doctor. Apply moist heat, rest your knee and limit its movement, use otc capsaicin cream.
If your pain is not improving after 7 days, see your pcp for evaluation, imaging and treatment. ...Read more

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Is hydrocodeine a good painkiller for your knee. I heard is a strong medicine?

Is hydrocodeine a good painkiller for your knee. I heard is a strong medicine?

Maybe: It will work, but like all opioids it does nothing for the underlying problem. Rest, ice and anti-inflamatory medications are cetianly first line treatments. If the pain persists or if there is extensive swelling see your doctor. ...Read more

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Pain& difficulty for bending both knees more in right knee. What medicine can I take?

Pain& difficulty for bending both knees more in right knee. What medicine can I take?

See details: You can try tylenol, (acetaminophen) Ibuprofen or Naproxen but check with your doctor first. The best approach would be to have the knees evaluated and x rays done. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine to help/relieve arthritis in the knees? Is there an over-the-counter medicine or a perscription medicine?

What is the best medicine to help/relieve arthritis in the knees? Is there an over-the-counter medicine or a perscription medicine?

Varies: There is not really a single best medication and every medication has its own potential risk. NSAIDs such as Advil or alleve are traditionally tried first if not contraindicated and are over the counter. There are much more powerful medications if it does not respond to the simpler things. ...Read more

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How does medication know how to find the pain center? For example, exedrine tension medicine, why wouldn't it just go to my painful knee!

Good question: It doesn't just go to your migraine, but the meds in the medicine are made to fight migraine pain. Similar to adding a nausea medicine for pts that get nausea with a pain med. The nausea medicine does not just go to the stomach, it specifically works to treat nausea. So they add it and then name it " no nausea pain med". ...Read more