For any athlete, few injuries are more disruptive than those associated with knee pain. The knee plays a crucial role in nearly all kinds of athletic motion, vitally contributing to overall speed, agility and endurance. Runner's knee is a common condition that typically involves pain in what feels like the front and center of the knee, or under the kneecap, and which can be especially debilitating during continued training and physical activity. The orthopedic doctors at IMUA Orthopedics, Sports & Health LLC in Oahu would like to shed some more light on this difficult condition that's frequently misunderstood by runners and athletes alike.
Oftentimes, what begins as a basic sprain or strain can turn into a full-blown case of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), also known as runner's knee. PFPS can also result from overuse, or returning to intensive physical activity too abruptly without adequate preparation. Symptoms that are typical of PFPS include the knee cap "cracking" or "popping" during bending and straightening movements, as well as experiencing sharp knee pain after long periods of sitting.
Despite its name and familiarity among runners, runner's knee (or PFPS) is actually a common condition for athletes of every kind. Fortunately, this painful and disruptive condition will be successfully treated with the help of the orthopedic doctors at IMUA Orthopedics, Sports & Health LLC. The orthopedic doctors have advanced training in diagnosing and treating knee issues of every variety, including PFPS and related knee injuries. To learn more about runner's knee and its common treatment methods, visit IMUA Orthopedic, Sports & Health online or call their sports medicine and wellness coaching experts at (808) 521-8170.