Many athletes in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater area are familiar with runner’s knee – a casual term that describes the pain caused by repetitive strain injuries like patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) and iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS). It most often develops in females who participate in sports that require a good amount of knee-bending, such as cycling, volleyball, and jogging, but anyone is vulnerable to this type of pain.
If you’re curious about how runner’s knee differentiates from other types of knee pain, it is usually described as a dull, aching discomfort around or behind the knee cap that becomes more severe when the knee bends – rendering basic functions like sitting and walking a painful experience. Some people experience crackling and popping sensations while bending the knee, as well as swelling.
It is important to consult with an orthopedic specialist if your runner’s knee pain does not respond to suggested at-home remedies, which include:
- Ice therapy – Place a wrapped ice pack on the knee several times a day for 20 minutes at a time
- Compression – Snugly wrap the knee with an elastic bandage, leaving a hole for the kneecap
- Rest – Try to avoid activities that place weight on the knee
- Elevation – Rest with your knee in a higher position than your heart as often as possible
The board-certified physicians at Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group – a division of Florida Medical Clinic – provide individualized treatment for runner’s knee. Led by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Murphy and sports medicine specialist Dr. Arnold Ramirez, our practice provides the latest advances in knee pain relief, including platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, viscosupplementation, mesenchymal stem cell therapy, sports physical therapy, and more. Here you will be provided with a long-term treatment plan to comprehensively address your runner’s knee pain, and to help ensure you can get back to participating in the activities you love as safely and comfortably as possible.
To learn more about Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group’s approach to runner’s knee treatment, contact us today. We are proud to serve patients of all ages throughout Tampa, St. Petersburg, & Clearwater, FL.