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What are the Symptoms of Runner’s Knee?

While runner’s knee is often related to overuse — such as in people who run a lot — it can affect anyone. Also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, it can result from:


  • Overuse

  • Direct trauma to the knee

  • Weak thigh muscles

  • Problem with your feet, such as fallen arches


The primary symptom of runner’s knee is pain and discomfort. You may realize it when:


Walking down the stairs or down a hill, as you try to hold your weight back

When you bend your knee, such as to stand up from a chair or squat to pick up an object


In most cases, the pain is located in front of your kneecap. However, in some cases, it’s behind it.


If you’re experiencing these symptoms, a formal diagnosis may be necessary. However, before you go down that path, you may want to treat it at home. You should:


  • Rest your knee as much as possible

  • Ice your knee several times per day for roughly 20 minutes each time

  • Elevate your leg when possible

  • Wrap your knee for extra support while it heals


Runner’s knee has the potential to linger, so you want to address this ailment as soon as possible. Furthermore, once you’re pain-free again, take steps to avoid a similar situation in the future.


Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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