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   Learn About Runners Knee and Equip Yourself to Fight Back!

Runners Knee - also known as Chondromalacia patellae - is the softening and degeneration of the cartilage underneath the kneecap (patella).

Who is at risk to get Runners Knee?

• It is most common in adolescents and young adults
• It is also more common in females than males
• People who have previously had a dislocation, a fracture, or other trauma to the kneecap may be more at risk

Causes of Runners Knee:

• Runners Knee can be the result of knee trauma, overuse, abuse and/or abnormal forces on the knee such as a mildly abnormal alignment of the patella (knee cap) and femur
• Chondromalacia patella may also be the result of arthritis of the kneecap. This is more often seen in older individuals

Symptoms of Runners Knee:

• Knee tenderness
• Stabbing Knee pain
• Knee pain in the front of the knee that worsens after sitting for prolonged time
• Knee pain that worsens with using stairs or getting out of a chair
• A grating or grinding sensation when the knee is extended

What can you do to prevent Runners Knee?

1) Try to avoid or minimize trauma, abnormal stress or repetitive stress on the knee.
2) Keep the leg muscles strong and flexible, with special focus on maintaining healthy quadriceps and hamstrings.

See the Natural Remedies and Pharmaceutical Remedies pages for Treament options.

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