Diagnosing and Treating Runner's Knee Online
In some instances, runner’s knee is synonymous with patellofemoral pain syndrome, but other times it’s used as a broad definition for the following set of knee conditions:
- Anterior knee pain syndrome
- Patellofemoral malalignment
- Chondromalacia patella
- Iliotibial band syndrome
In all cases, the condition can be attributed to running, but there are a number of other causes of runner’s knee.
One such cause is repetition of activities that require knee bending, including walking, biking, and jumping. Other causes include a direct hit to the knee, malalignment of the bones in the leg, foot problems, or unbalanced thigh muscles.
During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to runner's knee. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for runner’s knee is different depending on the severity.
Options for treatment of runner’s knee may include:
- Wrap or brace
- Physical therapy
- Arch support