Runner's Knee captures a whole host of conditions that can cause significant pain around the patella or the kneecap. The conditions covered by the broad title of Runner's Knee include patellofemoral malalignment, chondromalacia patella, anterior knee pain syndrome and iliotibial band syndrome.
Runner’s Knee is the layman’s term used for any of the conditions above as running is a common cause of these conditions. It is the repeated stress on the knee joint that can cause this form of disorder. It can also be caused by walking, biking, jumping, cycling, playing football and skiing. If you are a fan of Crossfit, you are also a prime candidate for Runner’s Knee.
This is a condition that is thought to be more common in women than men – particularly those entering middle age. You will know you are struggling with the condition if you feel a dull aching pain around the kneecap, especially where it meets the bottom of the thighbone. This dull ache can be with you throughout the day and will become more severe with use, such as walking, kneeling or using the stairs.
The general treatment regime for Runner’s Knee follows the RICE protocol. You are expected to Rest, apply Ice and Compression and keep the leg Elevated. The damage should resolve itself with time. However, you will still need to move throughout the day, and so it is a good idea to use a magneticknee brace for support and to aid in healing. This will not only add the required compression, but the negative ions will increase blood flow and reduce swelling to help with recovery. When the swelling is eased, you should also feel less pain in the affected area.