Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Symptoms and Treatment of "Runner's Knee"

“Runner's knee” is a common and troublesome condition affecting many people who take part in activities, like running, which involve an excessive amount of knee bending. Overuse, trauma, poor alignment and muscular imbalances can increase your risk of injury and lower your mileage. If you display any of the following symptoms, there are several options and methods of treatment to decrease your pain.
  • Pain behind the knee
  • Pain bending the knee
  • Pain negotiating stairs
  • Swelling
  • Audible crepitus (cracking and popping) within the knee
In the treatment of "runner's knee" a qualified medical practitioner, such as a physician and physical therapist, can work with you in the treatment of your symptoms and help to return you to your normal activities. Some options for treatment of "runner’s knee" include:
  • Rest, Ice, Elevation, Compression (R.I.C.E)
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Shoe inserts or orthotics
As people heal at different rates, it is hard to estimate how long it will take to return to normal activity. Through simple planning and teamwork, a fun and enjoyable pastime does not have to be stressful or hurtful. Tune in next Wednesday for more insights into the world of health and fitness. Next week - The Benefits of Laughter

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