Runner’s Knee

By Andrew Heideman PT/ATC

Runner’s Knee Pain Explained

This condition, runner’s knee, is an irritation of the cartilage on the back of the patella (the kneecap) that causes pain in one or both knees.  This condition is also called Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. This can be caused by a number of different factors. They usually have pain over the patella or knee cap or pain on the inside aspect of the knee.

Causes of Knee Pain

  • Poor VMO or quad strength
  • Improper tracking of the patella or knee cap
  • Tight hamstrings or tight IT band
  • Larger Q angle for female athletes
  • Chondromalacia or a rough surface of the patella or knee cap
  • Overuse or too much running
  • Improper shoes or support in the shoes
  • Running on uneven surfaces or changing from your typical surface.

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Runner's knee pain

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

By: Andrew Heideman PT/ATC

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