Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise – but it comes with the potential for numerous injuries. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to focus on some prevention and treatment tips for various running-related knee injuries.
Runner’s knee is perhaps the most common running-related knee injury. It results from the kneecaps rubbing against the thigh bones while running.
The meniscus is the cartilage in the knee that works as a shock absorber as you walk, run, or engage in other activities. This cartilage breaks down over time as the body ages, and it can also be torn. This can result in pain and swelling.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Iliotibial Band Syndrome is a repetitive stress injury that typically presents with pain on the outside of the knee. This pain often increases with physical activity.
Physical Therapy for Running Knee Injuries
Working with a physical therapist can help treat a sustained knee injury and also help you prevent knee injuries in the future. A physical therapist can examine your condition and develop a therapy program to address your needs. Your PT can also evaluate your running form and offer tips for improvement that can prevent future injuries while running.
Get Direct Access to Physical Therapy
The physical therapists at OrthoRehab Specialists have thirty years of experience treating patients throughout the Twin Cities metro. We have long-lasting relationships with more than 600 local providers who continue to send their patients to us for continued care when needed. We also offer direct access to physical therapy for patients who do not have referrals. Reach out to our physical therapists today to set up your appointment. Our clinics are located in Edina and Minneapolis, but we treat patients throughout the Twin Cities and beyond!