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.