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Knee Pain: Solutions to Prevent Runner’s Knee

Cho-PatKnee pain is one of the most common symptoms of injury that individuals experience during the summer months. People are generally more active than they have been all year, and are using muscles in ways they have not been for several months.

Runner’s Knee is a term used to describe multiple knee pains and injuries, including; patellofemoral pain syndrome, and chondromalacia of the patella, . Runner’s Knee is the most common overuse injury among runner’s and individuals performing physical activity. Sufferers of runner’s knee usually experience pain around the knee or even behind the kneecap. Runner’s often experience runner’s knee after increasing mileage, and pain increases when running up an incline or down hill.

What are the causes of Runner’s Knee?

  • Overuse: Overstretched tendons, repeated jumping or bending of the knee can cause the tendons in the knee to be inflamed.
  • Trauma to the knee: Contact to the knee or a fall can cause runner’s knee pain.
  • Misalignment: A misalignment of the bones or muscles can cause stress to be placed unevenly, causing pain or even misplacement of the kneecap itself.
  • Weak muscles: Weak Glutes or upper leg muscles (Hamstrings, IT bands, Quads) will often pull at the knee causing knee pain. 
  • Arthritis: Arthritis Can cause aching or throbbing knee pain along the ligaments and tendons within the kneecap. 
  • Flat Feet: Stretching of the muscles or tendons can also be caused by overpronation, fallen arches, or flat feet.

What are solutions for Runner’s Knee pain?

  • Rest and Ice:
    Decrease your mileage or take a break from training. Icing can help with areas of inflammation but overall, rest will give your knee time to recover.
  • Support:
    The Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap provides maximum support above and below the kneecap. It will eliminate knee pain by reducing the force of the quad muscles on the knee. The Dual Action Knee Strap improves tracking of the kneecap mechanism as well as minimizing the possibility for displacement.

Always keep in mind that your body is an interconnective chain. It is important to address an injury when your first experience it, to prevent it from affecting other areas of your body. Find your solution to prevent further injuries!

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Always,

Lauren