Runner’s knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), is a common injury among runners that can cause pain and discomfort in the knee joint. It is often caused by overuse or improper running technique, and can lead to difficulty in running and other physical activities.
However, physio can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with runner’s knee, and help you to get back on track with your running routine.
Here are the top ways that physio can help with runner’s knee:
- Identify the cause of your pain: A physio will assess your running technique and identify any underlying issues that may be contributing to your pain. They may also recommend changes to your running routine or suggest alternative exercises to help alleviate the pain.
- Guide you on the specific rehabilitation programme you need to return to running: Weak muscles, particularly in the hips and core, can contribute to runner’s knee. A physio can help to develop a strengthening program that targets these muscles, which can help to take the pressure off your knee and reduce pain.
- Improve your mobility: Tight muscles, particularly in the calves and hamstrings, can also contribute to runner’s knee. A physio can help to improve your flexibility through stretches and other exercises, which can help to reduce pain and improve your range of motion.
- Provide pain relief: A physio can use a variety of techniques, such as massage and heat/cold therapy, to help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with runner’s knee. They can also provide guidance on how to manage pain on your own, such as through the use of pain medication or other self-care techniques.
- Educate you on prevention: Sometimes we say that getting better is the easy bit but staying better is the hardest part! At Instant Physio we spend a lot of energy on teaching our patients on prevention strategies including going through the best running routines and how to run in the best way.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort due to runner’s knee, don’t hesitate to seek help from a Instant Physio. We can provide expert guidance and support to help you overcome this common injury and get back to doing the things you love.
Contact us today to book an appointment and start your journey to recovery!