Runner’s Knee- the role of Physiotherapy

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is a knee problem seen in runners, hikers, cyclers, and weightlifters and is more commonly known as Runner’s Knee. You may experience a sharp tingling just above the knee joint or swelling up to your lower thigh. The pain will be felt when your foot strikes the ground.

 

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The best way to treat Runner’s Knee is to avoid weight bearing, apply ice packs, use an elastic bandage around the knee and keep it elevated. When pain and inflammation are reduced, your physiotherapist can help you to regain a wide range of motion in the area.

If you have been affected by Runner’s Knee your physio will also look at exercises to strengthen your gluteals (muscles around your bottom) and may also refer you to an orthopedic shoe specialist for insoles so that your body is aligned properly when you move.

Are you or someone you know suffering from Runner’s Knee? Book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists and we can help you recover form the pain.