Are you a runner struggling with knee pain? If so, you may be experiencing runner’s knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome. This common orthopedic injury can significantly hinder your running progress. However, fear not! At Movement Theory Physical Therapy & Wellness, we specialize in treating runner’s knee and helping athletes like you get back on track. In this blog post, we will explore the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for runner’s knee, highlighting how our expertise can guide you towards recovery.
Runner’s knee is characterized by pain around the kneecap, often caused by repetitive stress on the patellofemoral joint. It can result from factors such as overuse, muscle imbalances, improper running technique, or structural abnormalities. Symptoms include dull, aching pain during or after running, especially when going downhill or descending stairs.
At Movement Theory Physical Therapy & Wellness, we take a comprehensive approach to treating runner’s knee. Our skilled physical therapists will conduct a thorough assessment to identify the underlying causes of your pain. We will then develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Our treatment may include a combination of therapeutic exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee, stretching techniques to improve flexibility, and manual therapy to address muscle imbalances and joint alignment. We will also provide guidance on proper running mechanics, footwear selection, and modifications to your training routine to prevent future flare-ups.
With our expertise and individualized care, we aim to alleviate your pain, improve knee function, and get you back to running with confidence and joy.
Runner’s knee can be a frustrating setback for runners but remember that you’re not alone. At Movement Theory Physical Therapy & Wellness, we have a deep understanding of this condition and the tools to help you overcome it.
In our next blog post, we will explore the second orthopedic injury involved with running: shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome).