Jumper’s Knee (Patella Tendinopathy)
When you experience pain in the front of your knee just below your kneecap or patella, it could be a sign of jumper’s knee. The pain may be severe and can be made worse by certain activities.
Early diagnosis is crucial. Specialist physiotherapy usually helps treat the condition. However, if your symptoms don’t improve then injection therapy or even surgery may be needed help you get back on track.
Patella Tendinopathy Facts
Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITB Syndrome)
This is common in runners but can be caused by cycling and other activities. It often occurs when you increase the intensity or duration of your training. Symptoms include pain around the outside of your knee either during or after your run.
The first thing I will do is fully assess your knee to confirm the diagnosis. I will ensure the pain is not caused conditions such as lateral cartilage tear or early wear and tear in your joint. This might involve assessing your knee with an MRI scan.
Usually, specialist physiotherapy will help. However, in some cases, injection therapy (e.g. Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP) might be needed.
Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITB Syndrome) Facts
Runner’s Knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome)
Pain in the joint between your kneecap and thighbone is sometimes called patella-femoral syndrome. This is the most common cause for pain at the front of your knee. It could be caused by knee overuse.
When you are running, your knee is under a lot of stress. This may lead to your kneecap rubbing against the thighbone which in turn leads to irritation and inflammation.
The major symptom is pain around the kneecap. The pain usually comes on gradually and gets worse. It can be aggravated if you sit for a long time. You may hear grinding or clicking noise when bending or straightening the knee. Your knee may feel weak .
Runner’s Knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome) Facts
More often than not, rest and rehabilitation physiotherapy can help. Getting the right diagnosis and early treatment can speed up your recovery.
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