KNEE PAIN: Running Injuries and What You Should Know

This blog is for the runner who is suffering with annoying, daily knee pain. You know the type of ‘burning sensation’ and ‘sharp pain’ that comes on gradually on the outside of your knee?

That pain than can even make you feel so nauseated, that you feel your only option is to stop running, reach into the cupboard for the box of painkillers, and worry about how long the Doctor is going to tell you to rest THIS TIME…

Well the thing is, depending on painkillers isn’t good for your knee or stomach, and the long periods of rest that you’ve been told you ‘should do’, are unlikely to do you much good either.

Here is a typical scenario I see ALL THE TIME…..”John” has been running for years, and even though he experienced dull aches in his knee every now and then, he never thought much of it and kept running through the pain.

…Until recently, when his knee pain started getting worse.

Each time John would go for a run he’d get as far as to the end of his driveway, and end up having to call it a quits, scared to do more due to the severe, sharp pains on the outside of his knee. So, John did what everyone does - he went to his doctor. And, as you may be familiar, IF you’ve ever visited the doctor with knee pain before, John was told stop running and to take pain medications and some anti-inflammatories to block out the pain.

But the thing is, John loves keeping active! And the thought of doing nothing for weeks drives him crazy… which is why he decided to seek out other help, which often times, lands him, or someone like him (you?) with us, after a quick call asking IF we could get him running back on the pavements sooner - without having to take ANY medications too!

If you’re experiencing any dull ache or burning sensations in your knees while out on your runs - you don’t have to mask the pain by popping pills and taking long periods of rest. YES, rest is vital to easing your knee pain… but there’s a few things that you can and should do to keep active and your joints mobile during your recovery.

If you shudder at the thought of a not running or exercising, I’d highly recommend mixing good core, hip and gluteal strengthening exercises into your routine. These are activities that will keep you fit and actually improve your running once back on the road, as it will improve your posture, taking pressure off your knees. It will also help keep your knees in ideal position while running, as hip stability is key for keeping your knees working properly, and help you avoid repeating your knee issues.

In addition to above, gentle walking, using the elliptical trainer, as well as swimming can keep your cardio fitness going too.

If you’d like to discover more ways to help ease knee pains that keep you from being as active as you like be - you can pick up your free copy of the “7 Simple Ways to Stop Chronic, Daily Annoying Knee Pain... Without Injections, Taking Painkillers of Having to Wear A Support!” by clicking the image below!

Dean Volk PT, MPT
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