What is Runner’s Knee
The snow is melting, and it’s time get your runners out to get out there and hit the pavement. If you, or someone you care about is suffering needlessly from sore knees, then read on!
Runner’s knee also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is very common. This is when the stress from poor biomechanics and alignment while running causes irritation of the kneecap which results in a uncomfortable feeling around the knees and joint capsule.
How Can I Prevent Runner’s Knee?
Runner’s knee is the result of poor knee alignment. You could brace your knee, but this is typically not the source of the problem. Poor alignment starts in the feet and pelvis. So, the more elegant way to prevent runner’s knee is by having great alignment in the feet and pelvis.
Foot problems (usually pronation) are the result of weak and uncoordinated foot muscles. This throws the leg out of alignment and stresses the knee, creating pain. If you are training you should be completely comfortable. If you aren’t, then you should schedule a computerized gait analysis (Call us at 604-461-2725). In addition to having a good (and new) pair of running shoes, you can prevent runner’s knee by considering a pair of orthotics. Orthotics re-train the muscles of your feet, making them stronger and more resilient over time.
Your Pelvis and Spine:
The same way plaque builds on your teeth, daily stress causes tension to build in the muscles of the hips and pelvis. The result is misalignment. Our state-of-the-art chiropractic methods reduces the tension in the muscles so that your hips and pelvis (and your legs) re-align. This allows your leg muscles to act with the most strength and coordination, giving you the best alignment and performance possible. We can evaluate the function and alignment of your spine using the CoreScore system at each of your evaluations.
The Great Orthotic Sale!
Until February 3rd 2017 we are giving $50.00 off orthotics to help train and run comfortably! Book a gait analysis and consultation by calling our clinic at 604-461-2725 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot and your discount.
Also, refer to the following link to Dr. Barone’s video about runner’s knee. http://ow.ly/LC7Z307X1wm
Written by Iris Lai, Tech CA. (Edited by Dr. Gary Barone)