Runner’s Knee

Runner’s Knee Treatment in Kansas City, MO


Patellofemoral pain syndrome, or runner’s knee, is dull pain around the front of the knee cap, called the patella; this is where the knee connects with the lower end of the thighbone. 

Here at Ortho Health of KC, our team of orthopedic specialists will help diagnose this condition, which can be confused with a few other knee injuries based on the symptoms alone. Then, your doctor will help you choose your path of treatment to get you on the road to recovery!

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Runner’s Knee Cause

Runner’s knee may be caused by a defect, or improper form when walking or running, some other causes may include:

  • A kneecap that is too high in the knee joint
  • Weak thigh muscles
  • Tight hamstrings
  • Tight Achilles tendons
  • Poor foot support
  • Excessive training or overuse
  • Injury

Runner’s Knee Symptoms

The most common symptoms of runner’s knee include but are not limited to:

  • Pain in and around the kneecap during or after activity
  • Pain after sitting with your knees bent for a long period of time can cause feelings of weakness or instability
    Rubbing, grinding, or clicking sound of the kneecap that you can hear when you bend and straighten your knee
    Kneecap is tender to the touch

Runner’s Knee Treatment

There are many different ways to help treat this condition. The best course of treatment starts with discontinuing running until you can run pain and symptom-free. Below are some more options to explore:

  • RICE Therapy – Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Over-the-counter pain and inflammation medication like Ibuprofen
  • Physical therapy can be used to help with stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Arch support in shoes

Runner’s Knee Doctors

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City knee and leg specialists. They will perform a complete examination, diagnosing and ultimately treating any problem. From simple physical therapy to complicated surgery, you’re in good hands with Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and we will do what it takes to get you active again.

Runner’s Knee Symptoms

The most common symptoms of runner’s knee include but are not limited to:

  • Pain in and around the kneecap during or after activity
  • Pain after sitting with your knees bent for a long period of time, which can cause feelings of weakness or instability
  • Rubbing, grinding, or clicking sound of the kneecap that you can hear when you bend and straighten your knee
  • Kneecap is tender to the touch

Runner’s Knee Treatment

There are many different ways to help treat this condition. The best course of treatment starts with discontinuing running until you can run pain and symptom-free. Below are some more options to explore: