What Is Runner’s Knee?

Dr. Craig Wiseman talks about runner’s knee, an overuse injury associated with pain and swelling in the kneecap.

Runner’s knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, is an injury caused by overuse of the knee joint.

Symptoms include pain around the kneecap, swelling and a feeling of grinding in the knee. Pain symptoms may increase when the knee is used, particularly when walking down stairs or on an incline.

Runner’s knee is considered an overuse injury and most often the best way to treat overuse injuries is rest. Participating in alternative activities that don’t increase your pain is also advisable.

To get to the cause of any type of overuse injury, it is always best to have a specialist evaluate your specific situation and plan a course of treatment accordingly.

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