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Runner’s knee and what you need to know about it

Let’s get one thing clear, runner’s knee doesn’t only affect runners. Runner’s knee is a term used to describe any condition that causes pain around the kneecap area.

As the name suggests, running is the ultimate cause of runner’s knee but any physical activity that causes stress to the knee joint such as skiing, jumping and playing football can also lead to the disorder.

If you have runner’s knee, you will feel pain slightly above or below the kneecap. In some cases, you will hear a popping sound whenever you move your knee and also suffer from swelling.

Common causes of runner’s knee

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  • Trauma to the kneecap
  • Over-training
  • Misalignment
  • Flat feet
  • Weak or tight thigh muscle
  • Not stretching before working out
  • Fractured kneecap
  • Arthritis

Treatment for runner’s knee

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1. Make sure you trace back the cause of your pain whether its over-training, misalignment or any other causes and cut back on the activities that are causing the pain.

2. Ice can help to reduce the throbbing pain.

3.Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can also ease the pain.

4.Tape and knee braces can be a great tool to help with runner’s knee pain.

5.If the pain lingers for more than three weeks, it’s time to visit a doctor.

How can we prevent runner’s knee?

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1.Take care of your health: make sure you’re not overweight or underweight.

2. Learn how to workout or do any physical activities of your interest in the right form as it will save you from any injuries and discomfort.

3. Wear proper shoes before while any physical activity.

4.Don’t push yourself too hard especially if you’re new at something.

5. Stretch!

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