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Runner’s Knee: How can I prevent it and treat it? by Claire Robertson

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Running is a popular way of keeping fit for a number of reasons. It is one of the most efficient calorie-burning forms of exercise out there; you can do it year-round (with the proper kit); and you can rack up those miles wherever the urge strikes, whether it’s on the treadmill, around the local park or even whilst you are away on holiday. However, runners can be prone to a spectrum of knee injuries, otherwise known as patellofemoral pain (PFPS) or more commonly called  ‘Runner’s Knee’. With Runner’s Knee accounting for up to 40% of knee complaints in sports medicine clinics, we talk to Wimbledon Clinic’s physiotherapist Claire Robertson to find out more about this condition – and the steps you can take to prevent and treat it.

Why do people get it?

Runner’s Knee is such a common injury as it can affect any age demographic or level of running experience. This is because there is no one specific reason as to why it can strike. The pain arises from the area around or beneath the patella or knee cap