4 causes of knee pain and how to fix them – Runner’s World

4 causes of knee pain and how to fix them – Runner’s World

So you’ve got knee pain from running. Whether you’re a beginner, or a seasoned marathoner, having sore knees after running – or during your runs – is frustrating. We spoke to sports doctor Jordan Metzl, who explains four of the most common causes of knee pain from running, and what you can do about them:

Why do my knees hurt after running?

Why do you run? Because it feels good. Because it relieves stress. Because it enables you to eat cake. I get that, because running is also important to me. I’m a 32-time marathoner who knows how frustrating it is to be injured. It’s the reason I became a sports doctor. Ripping my anterior cruciate ligament playing football when I was in medical school was devastating, but it was the single most important event to influence my work. It’s what drives me to help my patients. Almost every day I treat runners with achy knees. Many are freaked out: can I still run? Will I have to switch to swimming? Thankfully, most knee problems won’t keep you off the road for long. Here’s what you need to know about common knee injuries.

1. Runner’s knee

2. Patellar tendinitis

3. Iliotibial band syndrome

4. Osteoarthritis

Pain, swelling and stiffness in your knee during running or even day-to-day activities.

The wearing out of hyaline cartilage (lining of the joint) causes bone to grind on bone.

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