Question - Left Knee (pain with running)

by Lisa
(Pleasant Grove, UT)

About 5 years ago I crashed skiing. I went to the IHC near by, they gave me a brace and told me to wear it for 4 weeks and if my knee was still bothering me to go back. I was going to college 3 and a half hours away from anything and didn't have a car. I never went back.

It has been fine until I started training for a marathon. My left knee really bothers me and tightens up after 2 miles. the pain starts at the top of my knee and travels to the sides and then to the bottom. After mile 4, it hurts all over.

My right knee also starts to hurt just above my knee cap and no where else after mile 4. Do i have runners knee? or should I go and check it out. I cant seem to run past 6 miles because of the pain and I really am hoping to do this marathon in October.

What should I do?

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Jun 04, 2008
Maybe some Answers here for you!
by: Daniel Sims

Hi there,

My fiance had that same problem with her knee.
I work in the brace industry and got her a brace that helped her while running. The problem I saw is that brace professionals can charge people too much, so I started a site. You might want to check it out, and get a low profile brace while running. It might really do the trick for you! If not, I hope your knee feels better on its own, and that you run that marathon in a personal record time!
All the Best,
Daniel Sims

Jun 05, 2008
could be patella femoral syndrome
by: Bart - SII

Your best best is to have it looked at by your doctor, and then try some rehabilitation to see if it helps.

From what you describe, it sounds like you have the early stages of patella femoral syndrome. Most likely this is not a problem at the knee, but more likely a mechanical problem at the feet, or a mobility / flexibility issue at the hips or back. You knee is just where the excess stress in settling in and causing pain.

A good total body evaluation from a clinician familiar with this type of injury would be of benefit to you. You can also browse through the information on this site regarding patella femoral syndrome. You might find some stretches or ideas on what to do to help.

A brace may help to reduce your symptoms, however, it will not address the actual cause of your problem, so without the brace you will likely still have knee pain. Just the same, a brace may help you train while you work on addressing the underlying problem.

Hope this helps - comment back if you have other questions.

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