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Medicine For 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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
While training for a marathon on 20 mile run knee pain increased. Diagnosed with runners knee, cartilage loss possibly. Will this ever improve?
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.
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
I run on a treadmill 3x a week and recently have been experiencing knee discomfort when I walk. The pain is bearable. Could I have runners knee?
Sounds like it.: Give it a rest and c if it gets better. If not, go in to ur doc. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Doctor diagnosed me with runners knee (chondromalacia) and said my ACL is tight. In this case is a tight ACL bad?
Not always: He may have meant it's intact. If it causes decreased rom u need pt & a hep 2 gain ur full rom. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Check with ur doc: This drug is not available in the us but it is used for oa of the knee. ...Read more
I scratched my knee in a bike accident, how do make it heal faster. What medicines should I take.
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
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
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
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
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