Runners Knee Recovery

Symptoms of Runners Knee:

Perth Runners knee also known as Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is commonly seen in adolescents, young adults and runners.  

The typical symptom is pain around or behind your kneecap which may also present as:  

  • Mild swelling 
  • Tenderness to touch around the kneecap
  • Pain after prolonged sitting or when moving from sitting to standing 
  • Clicking or grinding noises in your knee 
  • Pain with activities like running, squatting, or stairs. 

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is the clinical diagnosis, meaning that x-ray or MRI scans are not typically needed.  There are a variety of tests performed in the clinic that your running Physio Perth can use to diagnose runner’s knee.  Perth runner’s knee usually begins gradually and is most commonly due to excess load on the Patellofemoral joint (the joint between the kneecap and the thigh bone).  Increased load on your knee joint is often the main trigger for developing patellofemoral pain.  This is a common occurrence in Perth runners when training for a race.  Often doing too much too soon irritates the knee joint.  It is important to gradually progress the intensity of activities to avoid runner’s knee.  

Best Treatment for Runner’s knee

The best runners knee treatment plans usually contain some combination of:

  • Manual therapy as needed to reduce pain and facilitate exercise 
  • Individualised exercise rehab plan 
  • Progressive exercise 
  • Movement re-training
  • Load management

Best Exercises for Runner’s knee 

A Perth rehab exercise program must address your unique strength and biomechanical needs to be successful.  Exercises plans involving progressive overload and proper technique are the most effective strategy for treating runners knee Perth.  Exercise improves tissue tolerance, allowing your knee to be more resilient and better withstand the forces of running.  Exercises should target the muscles of the hip, knee and ankle.  Your highly experienced Trained Physiotherapist can perform muscle strength testing to determine which areas need to be addressed in your exercise rehab plan East Perth.

How Trained Physio can Help

Strength training Perth allows you to improve your body’s capacity to endure higher training and competitive loads as well as improve several markers of running performance.  With stronger muscles, connective tissues, joints and more resilience to fatigue, you can spend more time on the road doing what you love and less time dealing with injuries.  At Trained Physio Perth we treat all forms of running injuries, and is something we have a lot of passion for.  Not only do our running Physio Perth have an eye for diagnosing and treating running specific injuries, but we have a fully-equipped 24/7 gym to utilise for rehabilitation, injury prevention, and general strength & conditioning.

What you can expect from Trained Physio:

  1. Thorough assessment and treatment of your injury
  2. Comprehensive exercise rehab from the date of your injury, through to your return to full activity
  3. Assessment into why the injury occurred in the first place, and what can be done to keep you injury-free
  4. Manual therapy, dry needling and other treatment-specific techniques as needed
  5. Training modifications to keep you as active as possible whilst undergoing rehab (if necessary)
  6. Use of our fully equipped rehabilitation facility for exercise rehab

East Perth Trained Physio

East Perth Physio has several goals including promote healing, reduce pain, avoiding aggravation, optimising physical function and global strengthening to restore normal movement patterns.  To see how we can help you  BOOK ONLINE TODAY