Conquering your niggling knee pain

Are you fed up with all the little injuries that hold you back from maintaining the fit and healthy lifestyle you want to live? Well, you’re not the only one!

The average recreational runner has a 37% to 56% incidence of being injured during an average year’s training, with the knee being the most common site of injury.

Now there’s a particular injury that stands out above the rest, as the cause of 25% of all knee injuries. It’s called Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, more commonly known as Runner’s Knee.

Runner’s knee can be a frustrating obstacle for anyone striving for an active lifestyle. This blog aims to empower you with the knowledge and strategies to overcome this common ailment and get back to doing what you love.

So, what is Runner’s Knee?

Patellofemoral syndrome is pain located around or under the knee cap that occurs when the balance of muscles and tendons acting on the knee are disrupted, leading to irritation and inflammation. Causes include overuse, muscular imbalances or poor biomechanics. This is very common with sudden increases in activity levels, such as the introduction of running.

What can we do about it?

Prevention is key. Typically, the onset of pain is gradual, so it’s important not to ignore it if it starts to creep in.

Incorporate strength and mobility exercises targeting knee-supporting muscles. Wear good quality runners, and gradually increase activity levels to avoid overuse injuries.

For those already experiencing knee pain, Newtown Osteo offers tailored treatment plans aimed at addressing the root cause of the injury. We understand the importance of combining hands-on treatment with an exercise program to get you back up and running.

If you’re after some quick tips to get on track – check out our Instagram page which features some quality exercises for knee pain.

Take control of your pain

Don’t let pain persist, limiting your ability to achieve your best! Take the first step towards a healthier you by reaching out to Newtown Osteo. Visit www.newtownosteopathy.com.au to learn more about osteopathy and schedule an appointment (online bookings available).

Reference list:

Collado, H., & Fredericson, M. (2010). Patellofemoral pain syndrome. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 29(3), 379–398. doi:10.1016/j.csm.2010.03.012

Lankhorst, N. E., Bierma-Zeinstra, S. M., & van Middelkoop, M. (2012). Factors associated with patellofemoral pain syndrome: A systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 47(4), 193–206. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2011-090369