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Runner's Knee

Runner's knee is a common injury. It is pain on either side of the knee, and it can happen to runners, tennis players, basketball players, etc. Dr. Murray Weisenfeld, in his book The Runner's Repair Manual, says it can happen to beginning runners, but the symptoms frequently occur when you extend your mileage. The pain may not occur until after you've completed your run, or even the next day.

Weisenfeld says you may feel the pain during the following conditions.

bullet Running downhill
bullet Walking down stairs
bullet Walking around after you've been sitting a while.

He suggests that you take your own "running history" to understand the possible conditions in your running that might have caused the injury.

bullet Running on banked surfaces
bullet Dramatic increases in mileage
bullet A lot of hill work
bullet A lot of speed work
bullet Wrong type of shoes.

"If you've got runner's knee, your foot is probably built in such a way that it makes a wrong movement every time it hits the ground...This makes your shin bone move wrong and your knee move wrong. Those wrong moves are what's causing the pain."

Weisenfeld devotes seven pages to runner's knee, including short-term and long-term first aid. My stretching-picture page includes the knee stretches recommended by Weisenfeld for runners knee (toe press, inner, outer thigh).

bullet http://www.leigh.org/running/stretchingpic.html

Runner's Knee is only one type of knee problem. Here are some links about other knee problems.
 
bullet http://www.injurytreatment.com.au/home/injuries/knee
bullet http://www.sportsinjurybulletin.com/archive/0168-knee-injuries.htm
bullet http://www.lwcoaching.com/library/runnersguideitbs.htm
bullet http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=43529

The information on this site is for informational purposes only; it does not constitute medical or physical therapy advice. For medical advice, consult a physician. For physical therapy advice, consult a physical therapist.

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