Runner’s knee is a common injury among runners, causing pain, hindering performance and leading to some painful downtime. In this article, we will explore the causes and symptoms of runner’s knee, as well as the role of chiropractic sports medicine specialists (DACBSP® or CCSP®) in providing effective treatment.
Understanding Runner’s Knee:
Runner’s knee, medically known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a condition that results from overuse or misalignment of the kneecap (patella). It is a common injury in runners but can also occur in individuals who engage in activities involving repetitive knee bending. The condition is characterized by pain around or behind the kneecap, particularly when running, going up or down stairs, or sitting for extended periods.
Symptoms of Runner’s Knee:
- Knee pain: The primary symptom is pain around or behind the kneecap (patella). The pain may be dull, aching, or sharp in nature.
- Pain during activity: The pain is typically aggravated by activities that involve bending the knee, such as running, squatting, or climbing stairs.
- Swelling: The affected knee may show signs of swelling or mild inflammation.
- Tenderness: The area around the kneecap may be tender to the touch.
- Grinding or popping sensation: Some individuals may experience a sensation of grinding or popping when they move their knee.
- Stiffness: The knee joint may feel stiff, particularly after periods of inactivity or prolonged sitting.
The Role of A Chiropractic Sports Medicine Specialist In Treating Runner’s Knee:
Chiropractic sports medicine specialists (Chiropractic physicians who have achieved CCSP® certification or DACBSP®diplomate specialty certification) are highly trained in assessing and treating sports injuries, including runner’s knee. They utilize a comprehensive approach to help individuals recover and return to their running activities. The treatment program often includes:
- Chiropractic Knee Adjustments: Chiropractors perform precise adjustments of the knee joint and surrounding structures to restore proper alignment, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.
- Manual and Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilizations: Techniques like Pin & Stretch, Active Release Technique (A.R.T.), Graston Technique, and Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) are employed to address scar tissue, improve flexibility, and enhance the healing process of the affected knee tissues.
- Physical Therapy Modalities: Various physical therapy modalities, such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, shockwave therapy and laser therapy are used to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and promote tissue healing.
- Rehabilitation Exercises: Customized exercises and rehabilitation protocols are designed to strengthen the knee muscles, improve stability, and enhance range of motion. These exercises are tailored to the individual’s needs and progress as the recovery advances.
The Road to Recovery:
If you’re dealing with runner’s knee and seeking treatment in Miami or Miami Beach, you can start your road to recovery by contacting Dr. Narson. Dr. Narson (click for bio) is a chiropractic sports medicine specialist (DACBSP®) that will evaluate your injuries, design a program specific to your injuries and help get you back on the road to running again.
What If You’re Not In South Florida?
How to find a chiropractic sports medicine specialist if you’re not here in Miami Beach / Miami? Go to https://www.acbsp.com/directory/ enter your location and you can find a DACBSP® or CCSP® near you that can help you with your sports injury!
Todd M. Narson, DC, DACBSP®, ICSC
Chiropractic Sports Medicine Specialist
Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center
975 Arthur Godfrey Road #102
Miami Beach, FL 33140
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