Runner's Knee: Orthopedic Treatment In Carrollton, TX

by Craig W. Goodhart, MD 19. January 2015 07:18

Runner’s knee causes pain in the knee, particularly around the kneecap, which is called Patella. The condition is common among runners due to the high activity.

Causes:

  • Repetitive bending of the knee
  • Injury to the knee caused by a fall or blow on the knee
  • Flat feet are also known to cause Runner’s Knee
  • Lack of physical activity that strengthen the legs, knees and thigh muscles
  • Lack of warm-up before exercising
  • Misalignment of kneecap
  • Arthritis
  • Excess of physical activity

Symptoms:

  • Pain while walking, kneeling, running, standing or bending your knees
  • Swelling, redness and itchiness on the knee
  • Pain that worsens when you are walking, running or climbing
  • Inability to stretch your leg
  • Feeling of tightness or imbalance in calf muscles or knee

Prevention:

Following a healthy lifestyle can prevent runner’s knee. You may need to lose weight in order to prevent any severe injury in the event of a fall. Wearing a proper running gear while running or performing sports will prevent injury to your knee.

Diagnosis:

The knee doctor will perform a physical examination in order to determine the severity of the condition. He can prescribe certain tests like X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), blood samples or computed tomography (CT) to diagnose the runner’s knee. The doctor also questions the patient’s medical history to confirm the condition.

Treatment:

If Runner’s Knee is not severe, it can be treated with the help of non-surgical methods. However if it is causing an acute pain or is disrupting daily activities, the doctor may advise you surgery to get rid of any deformity.

Non-Surgical treatment:

  • Applying ice wrapped carefully in a towel at the affected area, several times a day, can offer relief.
  • Keeping your knee elevated by keeping a pillow below it and taking proper rest will reduce inflammation and reduce pain.
  • Avoid exercising and physically straining yourself.
  • You should take proper rest and should avoid exerting pressure on the knee.
  • The doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce pain.
  • Follow an exercise program that your doctor prescribes you.
  • The doctor may also recommend putting an elastic bandage around your knee to prevent swelling.

Surgical treatment:

In case relief is not sought though non-surgical methods, the orthopedic doctor may advise you to undergo surgery in order to restructure the misalignment of the kneecap. During the surgery, the doctor will realign the kneecap or he may remove parts of damaged kneecap cartilage with the help of an incision.

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