Anyone who regularly exercises is no stranger to aches and pains.
But what if those pains don't go away?
That's exactly what was happening to this FitPerezcious Reader, who said:
"I'm currently training for my first half-marathon- I'm running it in a month. However, my knee has been hurting ever since a long run two weeks ago. I've been icing it every day, and doing low impact exercises other than running since then, but it's still hurting! Is there anything else I can do before shelling out the big bucks on a physiotherapist?"
Good thing Courtney Barber is here to help answer that question!
Sorry to hear that you are experiencing knee pain - this can be a great inconvenience, especially with a marathon on the horizon.
Without knowing the specifics about your injury, it does sound like you could be experiencing Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, or more commonly know as "Runner's Knee". This is a very common injury among runners, especially in periods of over training.
Here are some tips which may help to prevent or alleviate "Runners Knee":
- Ice your knee
- Decrease your training and slowly build back up
- Run on softer surfaces
- Regularly stretch your quadriceps, hamstrings and calves
- Make sure you are wearing supportive footwear
- Try using a knee strap (Mueller Runners Jumpers Knee Straps have worked well for many clients)
- Strengthen your quadriceps at the gym, with exercises such as Leg Extensions (only once you are not experiencing knee aggravation)
- Supplement with Glucosamine and Omega 3 (Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation)
If the pain still persists, then rest and see your physiotherapist to make sure you don't have a more serious injury.
We hope Courtney's advice works so you don't have to find a physiotherapist!
Best of luck!
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