Runner's knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), is a common condition that causes pain in the front of the knee, particularly around or behind the patella (kneecap). It is a type of overuse injury that is common in runners, but can also affect people who participate in other physical activities that involve repetitive bending of the knee, such as cycling, hiking, or skiing.
The pain of runner's knee is typically felt during or after physical activity, but may also be present when sitting for prolonged periods with the knees bent or when going up or down stairs. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including overuse, muscle imbalances, poor biomechanics, or structural problems with the knee joint.
Treatment for runner's knee typically involves physical therapy, including osteopathy,
to improve strength and flexibility in the muscles surrounding the knee. In some cases, braces, taping, or orthotics may also be recommended to help support the knee and reduce pain. It's important to seek medical attention if you have persistent knee pain, as untreated PFPS can lead to more serious knee problems.