Runner’s knee is a condition where the back side of the knee cap, or patella, gets irritated by where it rests on the femur. Since this condition deals with the patella and the femur, it can also be called patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). Cartilage is located on the back of the knee cap, to protect it from the femur; however, due to many reasons, this area of the knee can become irritated and lead to pain. Since running puts so much stress on the knee joint, this condition is commonly seen in these types of athletes.
Common symptoms of runner’s knee include pain around the front of the knee when running, walking up or down stairs, or squatting. It can also include crepitus (crunching sensation in the knee), knee swelling, and knee stiffness.
The Chiropractors at Mountainview Chiropractic Center will assess the knee as well as the surrounding structures to determine the appropriate treatment protocol for the patient.
The practitioners treat runner’s knee by:
- Chiropractic adjustments to restore normal joint motion
- Myofascial release to release adhesions in damaged tissue and take stress off the knee joint
- Rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the entire lower half of the body
- Stretching exercises to provide mobility to the lower half of the body
- Education to discuss the importance of self-myofascial release
We have a history of treating patients with knee very effectively!
We would love to help you reduce your knee pain!