Runner’s Knee and Camarillo
I see people running in the bike lane all the time. While the pavement is softer than the concrete of the side walk, the problem is that the street is angled to manage water run-off. Your knee that takes a beating will be the one on the high side of the angle. When I explain this to patients, they often remark, “yeah, but I run both ways, so doesn’t that balance it out?” The answer is no. You just end up punishing both knees.
Runner's knee affects younger, recreational runners and double the number of women as men, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Why? Well, women tend to have wider hips, resulting in a greater angling of the knee inwards. This combined with running on angled tarmac is a recipe for pain.
Many people are also overweight or have weak arches in their feet. Some people are just deconditioned meaning their muscles are so weak from lack of use that there is no muscular support of the kneecap. This can cause pain in the knee that feels exactly like runner’s knee, without the patient ever running.
Over time if the cartilage in the knee becomes excessively damaged, a total knee replacement is necessary. To try to avoid this, many people in Camarillo will want me as a chiropractor to alter all the biomechanical alignment issues. This often will reduce the strain on the kneecap.
Chiropractic Prevention and Treatment of Runner’s Knee
If you are a runner, I recommend to run on softer surfaces. Have a running coach assist you in learning to run with good biomechanics. If you are increasing your mileage, increase it very slowly. As a chiropractor in Camarillo, I have seen many patients too eager to increase their mileage and only end up injured. Allow us to make all alignment changes in your body so that you can absorb forces better.
At Adam Story, Chiropractic Corp, we are here to help you. This blog is not exhaustive but gives you an idea of how we handle these situations. If you need us, call us at (805) 389-0325.