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What is Runner’s Knee?
Runner’s Knee can refer to a number of injuries resulting from overuse, causing pain around the knee cap (patella). Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is the most common type of Runner’s Knee and is the one we focus on in this guide. It’s name comes from it’s high prevalence in runners, where the repeated stress on the knee causes irritation where the patella rests on the thigh bone.
The pain can be sudden and piercing or chronic and dull. It can also affect other athletes whose activities require repeated bending of the knee, e.g. jumping, biking and walking.
Runner’s Knee is most likely to occur when the hamstrings and quadriceps are too tight and inflexible. This leaves the patella unsupported creating pressure and causing it to move from its correct position. In addition, Runner’s Knee can be related to tension or weakness in the hip (gluteus medius muscle).
Runner's knee is one of the most common conditions that we see in our clinics and treatment rooms. The condition can be treated very effectively with standard protocols, requiring around 15 minutes a day, over a period of 4-6 weeks.
NAT® - Treatment Program for Runner's Knee
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