How Do I Know if I Have Runner’s Knee - Testing Done on Site
Runner’s knee is a very common cause of pain at the front of a person’s knee. It accounts for roughly 25 percent of all the knee-related sports injuries. This injury is also known as ‘Anterior Knee Pain’ or ‘Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome’ and typically refers to pain around and under a person’s kneecap. In spite of its name, it affects both sedentary and active individuals. Running is not solely the cause of the pain and is frequently misdiagnosed as ‘Iliotibial Band Syndrome’, ‘Chondromalacia Patella’ or ‘Patellar Tendonitis’.
Below are a number of tests that can be done on-site to determine if a person has runner’s knee.
An orthopedist will first inspect the person’s knee for swelling, skin changes, deformity, or redness. He will feel the palpation for coolness or warmth, blood flow, tenderness and sensation. Thereafter, he will test the knee’s series of motion, by strengthening and bending the knee slowly and with the utmost care. At the same time, the orthopedist will listen for any type of sound caused by the actions performed on the knee.
During a passive test, the orthopedist will move the leg and knee joints. During the active test, he will order the patient to use his muscles to move his leg and knee joints to check for runner’s knee. During this time, he will listen closely for any grinding, clicking, or popping sounds.
The Causes of Runner’s Knee
This type of ailment can affect those who often do plenty of knee bending activities such as jumping, biking, and walking. Below are a few causes for this type of injury:
- Direct trauma to the knee, for instance a blow or a fall
- Recurrent bending of the knee can aggravate the kneecap’s nerves
- Overstretched tendons can also cause runner’s knee
- Thigh muscles that are weak
- Problematic feet, for example overpronation or fallen arches, can cause this medical condition
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