Knee Pain from Running: Symptoms and Treatment

Knee Pain from Running: Symptoms and Treatment

For many people, running is a great form of exercise. Running can help you get in shape and stay in shape, and may even be able to improve your mood and combat symptoms of depression. Unfortunately, overuse and improper form can lead to pain known as Runner’s Knee, or patellofemoral pain syndrome. 

Managing pain from Runner’s Knee can take many forms. Treatment may involve a combination of at-home and professional treatments, like rest and ice alongside physical therapy. The doctors at Pain Control Associates, LLC, offer a variety of treatment options, and can advise you on how best to get started treating your Runner’s Knee. 

What is Runner’s Knee?

Runner’s Knee is usually described as a dull ache surrounding the knee. Pain typically occurs when you’re using the joint, such as when you run or climb stairs. However, you can also feel discomfort when sitting for long periods of time with your knee bent. 

There are a number of conditions that might cause Runner’s Knee, but it generally involves problems within the joint that prevent the kneecap from gliding smoothly. This is why the pain is commonly accompanied by swelling and grinding feelings in the affected area. When you meet with one of our doctors for the first time, we’ll discuss your symptoms and perform a physical exam to get a better idea of what might be causing your discomfort.

At-Home Treatment and Prevention

If you are experiencing knee pain from running, there may be steps you can take on your own to relieve the pain and reduce your chances of future injury. Giving your body time to rest by avoiding the activities that are contributing to pain will help you start to recover. Start by icing the affected area; you’ll want to keep it elevated to help bring down any swelling. Many people also choose to take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen. 

To prevent further injury, it’s important to stretch before exercising and avoid increasing the intensity of your workout too quickly. Focus on improving your running form and make sure that the shoes you’re wearing are comfortable. If you aren’t certain what is contributing to the pain, talking to a professional can help you identify the problem before it gets out of hand. 

Professional Pain Management

While at-home treatments can improve mild cases of Runner’s Knee, more severe ones should be assessed by a doctor. Our physicians will be able to advise you on the right course of treatment to address long-lasting pain or discomfort. We may recommend additional testing, such as an X-ray, in order to better understand your condition. 

Scheduling an Appointment with Pain Control Associates, LLC

Runner’s Knee is a common ailment that varies in intensity from person to person. Professional help may be needed to determine the cause and find an effective treatment. If Runner’s Knee or other forms of chronic pain are impacting your daily life, the doctors at Pain Control Associates, LLC can help. To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact us today. 


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