How to Handle Runner's Knee
Runner's knee is a very common ailment among runners and other athletes. It can be caused by several factors, including weakened muscles, trauma or injury, or overusing the knee. When it comes to diagnosing Runner's knee, you will first be given a thorough physical exam, followed by tests such as X-ray's or an MRI, to determine the extent of the injury.
Athletes with Runner's knee may often experience pain behind or around their kneecaps. This pain may become progressively worse while kneeling, running, or walking. Let's take a look at some of the treatment options for this condition.
- Rest your knee. Usually, patients with Runner's knee are advised to avoid placing any added pressure or weight on the knees. Whenever possible, make sure to elevate your knees on pillows or blankets when you are sitting down.
- Ice your knee. Icing your knee will help reduce any pain and swelling. Usually, icing the knee for around 30 minutes every few hours for a few weeks will be effective. Apply ice until the pain subsides.
- Take anti-inflammatory painkillers. Over-the-counter painkillers, such as Aleve or Advil, can usually help reduce pain. However, it is important for patients to use these painkillers with caution, since they can have harmful side-effects, including ulcers. Because of the side-effects, it is important to speak with your doctor before using any of these drugs.
- Begin a simple exercise regimen. For patients with Runner's knee, starting a simple exercise regimen can be helpful. Regularly practicing simple exercises, such as flexing the knees, stretching the hamstring, or even riding on a stationary bicycle, can all help reduce knee pain. These exercises will not only help reduce pain, but will help improve a runner's movement and flexibility. However, you need to take it slowly when it comes to these exercises. Speak with your doctor, who will help you determine what exercises will best suit your needs.
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