Runner’s Knee – Frisco, TX
The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in treating a wide range of medical conditions affecting the knee joint. They provide surgical as well as non-surgical treatment for Runner’s Knee.  

Runner’s Knee

Runner’s Knee is a common sports injury that causes pain around or just below the kneecap. The condition, also known as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Anterior Knee Pain, occurs because of performing repetitive activities such as jumping, squatting, running and cycling. Middle-aged and overweight people are more prone to the condition.

Causes Of Runner's Knee

  • Repeated bending or squatting exercises
  • Stretched tendons
  • Direct hit or blow to the knee
  • Misalignment in knee bones
  • Hypermobile feet
  • Flat Foot
  • Weak thigh muscles
  • Excessive physical activity
  • Not warming up before exercising
  • Orthopedic conditions like Knee Arthritis, fracture and dislocation

Symptoms Of Runner's Knee

  • Knee pain
  • Pain after prolonged periods of sitting
  • Snapping or popping sensation in the knee
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Inability to stretch the leg

Diagnosis Of Runner's Knee

The knee surgeon in Frisco may initiate the diagnosis by physically examining the joint for the symptoms associated with the condition. He may also ask the patient to bend or squat in order to identify the exact location of pain. The orthopedic surgeon may also recommend certain tests such as CT scan or X-ray to confirm the severity of the condition.

Treatment For Runner's Knee

  • RICE Therapy: The knee surgeon may prescribe R.I.C.E therapy, which includes taking rest, applying ice pack at the site of pain, compressing the knee with an elastic bandage and keeping the leg elevated above heart level.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications: The knee surgeon may prescribe certain anti-inflammatory medicines to provide relief from pain and swelling.
  • Hot/Cold Packs: The patient may also be suggested to apply heat or ice packs to compress swelling and reduce pain.
  • Knee Brace: Wearing a knee brace may help to provide support to the injured muscles and restrict activities that may strain the joint.
  • Arch Supports: Using arch supports and orthotic devices can help to maintain foot position and distribute pressure evenly to the knee.
  • Physical Therapy:  After the pain and swelling subsides, the patient may be recommended to perform light stretching as well as strengthening exercises. This can be helpful in reducing joint stiffness and restoring its previous range of motion.
  • Surgery: The surgeon may recommend surgeon if the conservative treatment options fail to provide relief or the kneecap is severely misaligned.

The orthopedic surgeons at the OrthoTexas, Frisco provide complete diagnosis and treatment for Runner’s Knee. To schedule an appointment, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.