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Runner’s Knee

Brett Cascio, M.D.

Runner’s Knee

Runner's Knee

What is Runner's Knee

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, known commonly as Runner's Knee, is a condition in which the cartilage on the back of the patella, or knee cap, is irritated. This irritation can cause knee pain.

What causes Runner's Knee?

Runner's Knee can be caused by trauma to the knee, misalignment of the knee cap, foot problems like fallen arches, or weak thigh muscles. One of the most common causes is overuse of the knees. This occurs especially in athletes who perform high-impact activities like running or jumping.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Symptoms of Runner's Knee vary, but most commonly include an aching sensation under or around the kneecap. This or a dull sensation may occur especially after long periods of activity involving the knees. Other symptoms of Runner's Knee include the feeling of the knee grinding, catching, or popping.

How is Runner's Knee treated?

Treatment of Runner's Knee always begins with conservative treatments. The first treatment options are usually rest, ice, and medication. Your physician may also prescribe physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises. Adherence to these exercises can help speed up the healing process. Methods of compressing the knee, like the use of a knee sleeve or tape, may also be used. In especially severe cases, surgery may be required.

All information provided on this website is for information purposes only. Please see a healthcare professional for medical advice. If you are seeking this information in an emergency situation, please call 911 and seek emergency help.

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Dr. Cascio, medical director of Sports Medicine at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, specializes in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.



Brett Cascio M.D.


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