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Runner's Knee

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee)

What is runner's knee?

Runner's knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a condition characterized by dull pain around the front of the knee (patella), where it connects with the lower end of the thigh bone (femur).

What causes runner's knee?

Anatomy of the knee joint
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Runner's knee may be caused by a structural defect, or a certain way of walking or running. Other causes may include:

What are the symptoms of runner's knee?

The following are the most common symptoms of runner's knee. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

The symptoms of runner's knee may resemble other conditions and medical problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

How is runner's knee diagnosed?

Diagnosis of a runner's usually is confirmed with a complete medical history and a physical examination.

What is the treatment for runner's knee?

Specific treatment for runner's knee will be determined by your doctor based on:

The best course of treatment for runner's knee is to stop running until running can resume without pain. Other treatment may include:

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