How to Eliminate ‘Runner’s Knee’ Pain

Tim Van Orden training with a patellar tendon strap

Today I want to share my success story in dealing with ‘runner’s knee’ pain. Many runners experience pain and swelling in the knee after long runs or high mileage increases. The most common cause of this pain is a condition known as patellofemoral syndrome, more commonly known as runner’s knee. This pain is caused by the knee cap rubbing on the sides of the femoral groove (at the base of the femur bone). This rubbing causes swelling and inflammation.

The best way to stop the knee cap from rubbing on the sides of the femoral groove is to stabilize and tighten the patellar tendon (the tendon that holds the knee cap in place). This can easily be done with the use of a patellar tendon knee strap.

Although this ‘tendon’ is technically a ligament, I am referring to it here as a tendon so that you are not confused when you try to purchase a ‘ligament strap’ and no one knows what you are talking about.

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One Response to How to Eliminate ‘Runner’s Knee’ Pain

  1. Randa says:

    Hi, Thank you for all your videos and information. They are very inspiring!

    I had a torn meniscus disc that locked my knee, and had to get surgery to unlock it and sew up the rest of the tear. 8 months later its not healing, and there is another tear and I can’t run more then two blocks without starting to limp and have bad form. I’m not getting another surgery, but wanted to start running again. Do you have any information on running with a tear, and if there are running techniques to run without risking a bigger tear.

    Any help would be appreciated!

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