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Do I have runners knee?

By June 27, 2011 - 8:01pm
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I have been running for years, for fun as well as competitively. For some reason lately the beck of my knee has been hurting me really badly. I have been off of it for a month, doing more low impact things such as biking and swimming. I had been running 5 days a week about 5 miles a day. This is not an issue for me whatsoever. I didn't feel myself pull anything. Do any other runners have any advice on stretching or what this might be?

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Thanks for the info!

I'll definitely check into some new shoes, I do have very high arches. I guess I'm just confused why it hasn't happened in like five years then happened all of the sudden.

I'll try Omega 3 for sure.

Thank you!

July 6, 2011 - 4:18pm

Hi bsygirl,

It sounds like you may have Runner's Knee, based on your symptoms.

Here's some info from an article on Runner's World:
To prevent Runners Knee in the future, run on softer surfaces, keep mileage increases less than 10 percent per week, and gradually increase hill work in your program. Visit a specialty running shop to make sure you're wearing the proper shoes for your foot type and gait. Also, strengthening your quadriceps will improve patellar tracking, and stretching your hamstrings and calves will prevent overpronation.

At the first sign of pain, cut back your mileage. The sooner you lessen the knee's workload, the faster healing begins. Avoid knee-bending activities, canted surfaces, and downward stairs and slopes until the pain subsides. As you rebuild mileage, use a smaller stride on hills. Consider orthotics if new shoes don't fix the problem. See a doctor if the pain persists, to rule out another condition.

Something that may help is taking Omega 3 for its anti-inflammatory effects. I hope you get well soon!


June 28, 2011 - 7:06am
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