Runner’s knee, or patellofemoral pain syndrome, is pain that occurs when the kneecap (patella) is stressed repetitively over time. As the name suggests, this condition most commonly found in runners, however, it is not limited to athletes as it can affect leisure runners and inactive individuals as well. It limits activities such as climbing stairs, kneeling, running, or jumping but can be relieved with proper medical treatment.
Runner’s knee is caused by a variety of factors which include overuse of the knee joint, alignment issues, bio-mechanical anomalies, muscle imbalance or weakness, or injury to the kneecap. It typically affects adolescents and young adults, and females more than males. If the pain is restricting movement and unbearable, it is important for the individual to seek medical treatment as soon as possible for relief.
Signs and Symptoms:
As patellofemoral pain can also affect individuals who do not run long distances or exercise regularly, it is important to be aware of the symptoms for early detection so that treatment can be administered as soon as possible. Runner’s knee could also be confused with other medical conditions that lead to chronic knee pain including rheumatoid arthritis and torn ligaments from trauma.
Here are some common symptoms of runner’s knee:
- Pain around the kneecap that worsens with activity
- Pain after sitting with knees bent
- Pain when walking up or downstairs
- Clicking or popping sound when bending the knee
- Pain at the hips and core
- Stiffness after rest
- Swelling knee
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Seek runner’s knee treatment in Malaysia
If you suspect you have runner’s knee, try to keep the following information in mind when you seek treatment in Malaysia (or at our clinic in Singapore):
- When the pain began
- What triggered the pain
- How the pain feels (eg. Throbbing, aching, sharp)
- What aggravates the pain