Is Runner’s Knee Pain Bringing You Down…
Running is not an exercise. It is a way of life for so many. It is an escape, an outlet, something that many people truly love and live for. This can all come to screeching halt when one experiences runner’s knee. It is important to understand the non-runners can also experience this pain and condition.
Causes of Runner’s Knee Pain
Unfortunately, consistent running can cause havoc to the body. Many people end up with runner’s knee pain, knee injuries and or other physical conditions that keep them from doing what they love. It isn’t hard to understand why many people ultimately end up with pain or injury from running. The steady impact and persistent motion causes wear and tear on ligaments and joints. Some of it can be genetic. For others, the problem may be poor technique.
Though age is not an inevitable determinant of knee pain, it is common for people over 40 to experience various forms of knee pain, including runners knee.
Many people also end up with muscular imbalances due to overtraining (running) certain muscle groups while neglecting others. We will talk more about muscular imbalances later. For now, let’s talk about what runner’s knee is and how to treat it safely and naturally.
What is Runner’s Knee pain (or knee pain associated with running)
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)
Typically runner’s knee refers to pain located where the kneecap (patella) meets the thigh bone. The area is often inflamed and irritated. It is difficult (without x-ray) to determine if you have excess inflammation or if there is more structural damage. What you can be sure of is that the impacted area is highly inflamed. The first step in treating runner’s knee is to reduce inflammation with a natural anti-inflammatory like Heal-n-Soothe. For a limited time, you can get a FREE Trial bottle of Heal-n-Soothe here.
Resources: Runners knee information