Runner’s Knee Causes, Symptoms, Precautions and Therapy Programs

Runner’s Knee affects everybody, it is not exclusive to any age group, working class or ethnic background. People young and old get them for a variety of reasons. These reasons include how active or inactive a person is, a person’s skeletal structure and their muscle balance. This article will help identify possible causes to help prevent any further aggravations. Runner’s knee is described to be a dull-like pain found around the front of the knees. These are a few factors that can cause and aggravate Runner’s Knee.


Causes of Runner's Knee
Image shows Knee pain also known as Runner’s knee

You may read more about the different types of knee pain here .

Causes for Runner’s Knee:

  • People with the wrong gait or have a defect in their bone structure.
  • Unhealthy pressure from an obese person’s body weight will affect the knees daily. Activities such as walking, standing or any form of exercise.
  • Athletes or people who do sports involving running, jumping and squatting have a higher risk on wearing out their cartilage, aggravating Runner’s Knee.
  • Sedentary people can experience knee pain and stiffness due to inactivity. When they sit for long periods of time in a wrong position, it can also aggravate symptoms for Runner’s Knee.


Without any counter-measures or preventive methods put in place. One is bound to run into Runner’s Knee. 


Symptoms of Runner’s Knee:

  • Pain at the front, behind or around the kneecap.
  • Pain after sitting in a position for prolonged periods of time.
  • Clicking or popping sounds around the knee can be heard when you flex or straighten your knee. This is also known as Knee Crepitus(insert hyperlink for definition of Knee Crepitus) and it commonly occurs after prolonged periods of rests.
  • Stiffness in the knee after prolonged time of rest or holding a position such as driving in a car or sitting at the desk.


Identifying a condition is the first step into narrowing it down to finding a cure. But as the saying goes: “Prevention is better than cure.”.



Preventive methods & some counter measures for Runner’s Knee:

  • Consult a specialist to examine your gait. Correcting your gait will lower your risk on getting runner’s knee and help prevent other form of harm and pain conditions. This is especially important to people that have active lifestyles, because a wrong gait combined with a exercise routine increases the risk of Runner’s Knee.
  • Going for a check up for your bone’s structure to identify any mis-alignments can help you have a better understanding of your body’s condition. You can then put in place preventive measures to reduce and prevent further aggravation of symptoms. Preventive measures include anti-inflammatory medicine or a cask that may help align or protect your bone structure.
  • Engage in cardio exercises weekly and watch what you eat. A healthy weight reduces unnecessary pressure on the knees in nearly all daily activities. Such activities include walking, squatting, sitting, standing and more.
  • Do more stretching to prevent the stiffening of muscles that may lead to harm. Apply ice to specific areas and points that have been put under pressure during the exercise. Such areas consist of the knees and any other joints/muscles that may have been engaged.
  • Sedentary people whom are desk-bound will want to take an hour or two intervals between their work to simply stand up and stretch. This is because the risk of knee pain is increased with inactivity. Which will then cause the muscles and tendons to stiffen therefore causing pain.


In 2019 a research by the Washington post shows that one in four adults suffer from chronic knee pain. Our knees are one of the most used joints in our body, and we should spare no effort in taking care of them. At Wellness Philosophy we believe in palliative rehabilitations and non-surgical as well as non-invasive methods.


Therapy and programs by us include:

  • Lifestyle Modification

Our consultants will tailor a program specially for you by diving into understanding your lifestyle. From your circadian cycle, your diet to the physical demands of work that you go through. We will not only help you recover from your chronic knee pain, but also equip you with the tools necessary to prevent further problems in the future.

Gabriel Ng, The Founder & CEO, Pain Clinic @ Wellness Philosophy

A clinically advanced non-invasive equipment This intervention helps patients with pain by reducing knee joint inflammations. Improving muscle imbalances and creating healthy circulations for your joints. It also helps loosen scarred tissue from chronic muscular conditions as well as other pain conditions.

Anti gravity machine that helps treat Runner’s knee. Therapy program for knee pain

State-of-the-art technology that has helped our patients efficiently rehabilitate, strengthen muscles and lose weight within a short time frame. This advance tech is able to reduce body weight of up to 90 percent during exercises such as walking or running. This helps relief any pain and pressure applied to the knees from patients that may be obese, or have any existing chronic knee issues. It helps boost patient’s performance during the exercises within the machine, Increasing their heart rates to efficiently burn calories. At the same time, our consultants will be able to analyse and help improve our patient’s gait/movement/pattern while walk and running.




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