Tips for those having knee pain while running
By Matt Paulus, MS, ATC, Site Coordinator
Knee pain while running, especially when it alters your running pattern and mechanics, should be addressed. Avoiding some of this pain can be done with a few helpful tips:
- Change up your running volume! Your running distance and frequency should build gradually. Too much running at once can cause excess pain and injury.
- Stretch after you run and to maintain good lower body flexibility.
- Listen to your body! Expect to be a little bit sore, but any sharp pain should be addressed
- Proper footwear is necessary! Getting a shoe for your foot type is essential for proper support while running
- Mix in a different kind of workout with your training program on off days. This will give your running muscles a chance to recover and will build complimentary muscles.
- You should take a day or two off per week to give your body time to recover.
- Make sure you are running with proper form – your upper body should be as relaxed as possible with the feeling of being pulled along by a string attached to your belly button
All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.
- To schedule a new patient or follow up patient appointment with your MD, please call (904)JOI-2000 or read more here about our orthopedic telemedicine providers.
- To schedule an appointment for physical or occupational therapy, call any of the 12 area JOI Rehab Centers.
JOI Fracture and Injury Care
JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.