Injury: Patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner's knee)

Gavin Burt breaks down this common and terribly painful injury.

by Gavin Burt

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Identifying PFPS

Identifying PFPS

You should suspect that you may have PFPS if you feel the following….. :

1) A dull and aching pain around the area of the kneecap.

2) Pain that worsens when walking up or down stairs, kneeling, or squatting. Basically any movement that puts a heavy load through the knee while it is bent. This includes doing lunges, burpees, and explosive ‘plyometric’ training.

3) Interestingly the pain can come on from sitting with your knee bent for a long time (often called the ‘theatre sign’)

5) You may be able to see some swelling around the sides of your kneecap

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As mentioned in the article, I think the majority of cases are caused by the quads stretch where runners pull their foot back up to their bum. It pulls the kneecap hard on the femur. It's a disastrous stretch. I see it all the time. Don't do it!

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 19:33



I have had knee pain since a cross training session ( lots of squat jumps) on monday night, running since has caused some discomfort so after reading this article I decided to go out for a short run yesterday and tried taking off and landing on my heels tricky but I think I got it right and my knee was fine while running but once I cooled down the pain started again now its a constant dull ache!! anybody know a running osteopath or physio around stratford upon Avon?  Thanks

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 08:54

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