Rho (pi_girl) wrote in exercise_now,

Runner's Knee

Has anyone else had trouble with having "runner's knee" ?

I was jogging 2 miles two weeks ago and sprinted a bit towards the end and the next day my knee hurt very badly and I had to ice it for a week. The doctor told me I have runner's knee and not to run for another 10 days at least but do more fluid exercise like walking or bicycling.

Is there any way to strengthen my knees better so I can run/sprint without being worried that the same thing will happen again?

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The number one cause of runner's knee is a poor pair of shoes. Over training can also do it but it doesn't seem like that is the case with you. To overcome the condition entails what you have already done; icing/heating it and rehabilitating it with low impacting exercises, like cycling. I would first suggest investing in a good pair of shoes (I suggest Asics GT 2120's - http://www.sierratradingpost.com/Product.aspx?baseno=88628&cdf=TopSeller ) and then when your knee is starting to feel better, slowly easing back into running (Continue to cycle as well.) Do some walk/running alternate exercises and make sure not to over do it by running too far of a distance.