Runner’s Knee Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy for Runner’s Knee – Information, Exercises, and More
Every time your foot touches the ground during your run — or walk — you hear the clicks, you feel the rubbing and grinding, and the dull ache seems to last for hours.
Runner’s knee has been slowing you down for too long and you’re tired of living with the pain. Every time you exercise you hope it disappears, except it never does.
It shouldn’t be this way.
You don’t have to live with the pain and discomfort associated with runner’s knee. Once you know more about what causes runner’s knee, physical therapy, exercises, and other treatments can help, you’ll be full speed ahead.
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Kneecap Is Painful To the Touch
Runner’s knee patients may experience pain when the kneecap is touched.
Pain-to-the-touch is a less common symptom of runner’s knee. If your knee hurts when you touch it, this might indicate an injury to your bones or the outside of your patella.
Burning Pain Under the Kneecap
The most common symptom of runner’s knee is a sharp pain under the kneecap.
If your pain is to the side or on top of the knee cap, you might be experiencing another knee problem.
Knee crepitus is the clicking, grinding, and crunching sensation within the knee. Certain movements and extended periods of rest may cause this symptom to appear.
Runner’s Knee Treatment
There are several treatments for runner’s knee. Here are the most common:
Best Runner’s Knee Exercises
Since we know that Runner’s knee is caused by excessive exercise, rest might be the best thing for your knee, especially if you’re someone who is consistently doing sports and activities that involve a lot of bending, jumping, or running.
However, there are some exercises for runner’s knee that your physical therapist may recommend to ease and overcome your symptoms.
Strengthening the Surrounding Muscles
Sometimes weakness in your legs can cause extra strain on your knees.
Your doctor or physical therapist might suggest that you do exercises to target the muscles around your knees.
Your physical therapist may recommend exercises, like …
- Hamstring stretches
- Leg lifts
- Clam exercises
… to help strengthen the surrounding muscles.
Modifying Activities and Exercises for Runner’s Knee
One of the best things you can do for runner’s knee is to change up your activity.
If you want to stick with the same exercise you’ve been doing, try modifying it so you are doing something slightly different with your body. Your physical therapist may recommend less strenuous activities such as swimming.
If you’re not willing to give up running, try to run indoors on a treadmill, vs running on a flat surface.
How In Motion O.C. Can Help With Runner’s Knee
Searching for more assistance in overcoming your Runner’s Knee?
In Motion O.C. can help you. Our physical therapists have helped dozens of patients overcome knee pain and can find out exactly what is causing your discomfort. Once they find out what’s causing your pain, they’ll help you put together a strategy for healing.
Aside from showing you the cause of your runner’s knee, we’ll work with you to adapt with specific exercises and modifications.
In Motion O.C. is ranked the #1 physical therapist in the entire country on Yelp. Our customers have fantastic experiences, and you will too. Call and make an appointment today so we can help you heal and get back to your regular exercise routine.
*This information about physical therapy for runner’s knee was reviewed by Dr. Natalie Thomas, PT, DPT. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.