Brace for Runner's Knee (PFPS)

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  • katie Runner's Knee (PFPS)

    • Age < 18
    • Female
    • 149 lbs
    • 5' 2"
    • Canada, Ontario
    27
    Feb2018
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Physical Therapy, Ice, Cortisone Injection, Acupuncture, Rest, Brace, Taping,

    In august I had taken a step over somethings and had heard a pop in my knee and couldn't walk on it, I had gone to the hospital as it has also automatically swelled up, like you couldn't even see my patella (knee cap) and they had prescribed me toradol and was on that, crutches and immobilizing brace for about 2 months from mid August to mid October. I then saw our orthopaedic surgeon and he said my MRI was clean and that I had PatelloFemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) and to try physiotherapy. I then went to physio and my therapist was positive that it wasn't pfps.. but anyways we continued with physio and I did it for twice a week for 8 weeks. After the eighth week we decided to get another opinion on my knee as it wasnt helping and why go to something expensive twice a week for something that's not helping? So I saw another ortho surgeon in Brampton and he said I had good mobility but my knee was still extremely inflamed and was still having lots of pain so he figured a cortisone shot would be the best approach so that's what we had done. I had my shot on January 30th and after it he said he thought that it would be good from now on and not to suspect of anymore more problems.. but 3 weeks after I woke up one morning not able to bend, straighten my leg or able to weight bare at all... so, here I am again waiting to see the ortho surgeon to see what the next step is, and my knee is in just as bad position as it was before i had gotten my cortisone shot.


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  • Anonymous Runner's Knee (PFPS)

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 230 lbs
    • 5' 7"
    • Phoenix Arizona
    24
    Nov2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Pain with prolonged sitting Standing
    • Doctor/Care Giver Fierro

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Cross training, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Supportive Shoes, Brace, Rest, Massage, Platelet Rich Plasma Injection, Ice, Physical Therapy, Supplements
      Worsened
      Other

    Is just little reliefs


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  • 16
    May2013
    • Injury Status In Pain

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Taping, Supportive Shoes, Strengthening Exercises, Foam Rolling
      Not Improved
      Brace

    The knee strap did nothing to help my PFPS.

    As for stairs, I use hand railings as crutches post-long run because my knee hurts so bad when going down. I do find that if I sit immediately after running, it's much more debilitating than if I spend time on my feet.

    Right now, I'm managing pain while working on the root cause. Definitely find your root cause instead of just getting through the pain. Eventually it will take longer and longer to recover, until you're no longer pain-free between runs. Then you'll have no option but to stop entirely until you heal.


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  • 30
    Mar2013
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Physical Therapy, Ice, Rest, Brace, Strengthening Exercises, Cross training

    I am recovering from Runner’s knee. Keep icing it and don't run for at least a week. You can buy those knee straps in case it hurts walking around, I also wore mine for biking (did biking and swimming every day until I started running again although too much biking also irritated it). On the advice of my P.T., I also did the leg extension machine at the gym, using the lightest possible weight and holding it for 3 seconds when I straightened my leg. I did that every day.

    When I started back running, I was very careful, warmed up on the bike for 5min, ran for 20 min. on the treadmill, run 2 min. walk 1 min., every other day. It can be frustrating though because you'll think it's getting better and then suddenly one day it will start hurting again. When you can start running outside normally again, you might have to walk for a block or so to warm up a bit.

    I went for a total of 3 weeks with no running and then about 2 more weeks of the run/walk thing on the treadmill which was almost as bad as no running. I have a friend who only needed 2 weeks off and then was back at it right away but I've read about people who've had this for MONTHS, so be careful! And make sure to test it out with some hill repeats before you try speed work!


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  • 16
    Sep2012
    • Injury Status In Pain

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Rest, Brace, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises

    I am a 26 yr old life long basketball/biker/rollerblader/mobile individual. Been very lucky in life to have avoided serious injuries. Come Jan ’12 I had fell into a routine of playing 3 times a week, officiating the game the other 4 days. Because of this I developed extreme knee pain, and what my doctor told me was runners knee. For the next 3 months I did his recommended stretches, exercises, icing, and rest. I had good days; I had bad days, and saw very little improvement in the pain. Had not run, or played basketball, even biking and swimming irritated it enough to set me back a week in progress. In May the pain became so back I went back to the doctor. He convinced me to get an MRI, it showed nothing, he felt nothing new in the examination, gave me some new stretches, and sturdy brace to keep the kneecap in check, and told me “It will get better”. I have been reading other posts and understand it takes time. Since I last went to the doctor in May, I went through phases of it getting better, but then randomly with one wrong step on flat ground I will feel the knee pop and know I just fell 2 weeks backwards in progression. The whole thing is driving me nuts. I have respected the injury and the healing. I wore the brace, I did the stretches, I ice constantly, I have been taking Ibuprofen routinely since Jan, I have yet to run or really even tested the knee other that extended period of walking. About a week ago I was in the best pain free position I had been since the injury. Barely any pain, didn’t need to wear the brace, was walking well and developing strength while brace less. It has been my understanding that the best way to regain strength and confidence before jogging would be light biking and swimming. I hopped on a bike for a ¼ mile ride over to the pool, only peddling with the strong leg while letting the weak knee just go through the motion. When I got off the bike and began to walk over to the pool, I notice the knee was very weak, but I figured it was just from not experience that motion in months. I got into the pool, began to walk, and did some light jogging motion underwater. I immediately noticed that this did me no good. The knee was painfully popping multiple times with each flex, its felt extremely weak, and the swelling was coming right back. I stopped immediately. Im now back to square 1 with the pain, weakness, and immobility. Should I have worn a brace on the bike and in the pool even though it brings discomfort? The stretches my doctor recommended initially were -Standing alternate TFL stretch -Quad flexion SLR stretch -Clamshell for gluteus maximums strengthening. I will admit these stretches did help in the recovery when I was initially doing them in May, however when I do them now I see no strength added, and in fact bring about more pain while completing them. This is the brace given to me by the doctor. http://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-l...lla-knee-brace It helped stabilize when pain was at its worst; however there have been many times throughout this whole ordeal where I begin to feel that the brace is actually irritating the injury even more. Also, due to the metal stabilizers on each side of the brace, it is too uncomfortable to wear when sitting with the knee bent. Bottom line, I am completely lost on how I can fully recover. It has been 9 months now. I feel like for the 10th time I am back to beginning in my recovery. When I am able to walk normal without a brace I am waiting AT LEAST a month before I even so much as jog. I am scared to death of getting on a bike again or even getting into water to test the knee even more. I want to beat this, I know I can beat this, but everything I have done can’t get me over the hump of pain and discomfort.


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  • 06
    Jan2010
    • Injury Status In Pain

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Brace, Strengthening Exercises, Supplements

    I was just diagnosed with chondromalacia a week ago! I'm 5'3", 180 lbs, and just turned 25 a few days ago. Hiking while doing biological research in the Appalachian mountains triggered the pain, which started over the summer. I was doing P90X also, and while on winter break I started training a little harder while I had the time. I had pain that runs down the central plane of my patella (kneecap), and I also have pain to the inner side of my kneecap. I have no cartilage damage according to x-rays. Chondromalacia is really common in young adults who have over-trained their leg muscles...they've worked them too hard, too quickly and it causes the patella to track incorrectly between the femur and tibia. My symptoms were not only pain, but a crunchy, grindy sound when I would squat or lunge. I am now taking an anti-inflammatory, glucosamine-chondroitin complex, doing rehabilitation exercises, and wearing knee bracing on each leg to realign and support my patella. I think part of my problem also is that I sit a lot while I study, which affects my hip joints. My goal is to build my thigh muscles to help support my patella. I can't lose weight if it hurts to exercise, and if I don't reduce the weight I bear on my legs, I'll keep having pain! Quite a conundrum. Hope this helps!


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  • 30
    Apr2006
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Orthotics, Brace, Supportive Shoes, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises, Cross training, Supplements

    I've been off since late December, after a hard 10-K (and a PR) that pushed my chondromalacia over the top. In the meantime, I've been doing the elliptical machine to say in at least some shape.

    Recently, it seems that I've plateaued and am just not getting better. I had been unable to run for a few months, and now can ran (very) short distances before being in pain.

    Things I've done:

    1. Strengthened my quads (still doing it)
    2. Taken glucosamine (didn't work, so stopped)
    3. Replaced my shoes (helped a little)
    4. Stretched my IT band, hamstrings, quads, etc.
    5. Worn a knee brace (and used it a few times, but it didn't help)
    6. Replaced my orthotics

    It's been 5 months. Is this taking too long to recover?


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  • 17
    Jan2003
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Chronicity 18+ Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Orthotics, Ice, Brace, Strengthening Exercises

    Well, I guess I'll chime in to the group therapy session. I had problems which basically prevented me from running for just under two years (including several abortive comebacks, where I got too enthusiastic too quickly). It didn't need to be that long -- using some of the advice you get here, along with competent physio and so on, should allow you to come back much more quickly. When things do start to get better, my main piece of advice would be to return to running very gradually. When I finally managed to come back, it was through up building up from 5min of jogging every second day up to 30-40 minutes four times a week -- and that took several months.

    One random insight: I found that fast running didn't hurt my knee any more than slow running -- it was the length of time I spent running which would trigger soreness. So once I had built up a little background, I was able to regain fitness quite quickly by running fairly hard, but with very low mileage. There a point where I was running two longish interval sessions (on grass) and a tempo each week, plus a 30-40 minute easy run to complete the week. (I know the Lydiard contingent will shake their heads, but I wanted to get fit quickly for eligibility reasons.)

    As for getting to that point, the two exercises described above sound pretty good. I did similar things, along with just about anything anyone has ever tried (cho-pat, taping the knee, plenty of physio modalities like ice, ultrasound, and so on, anti-inflammatories, glucosamine, an MRI which was negative so I didn't bother getting scoped...I think the custom orthotics done by a gait analyst [running, not walking gait!] were the most helpful thing.)

    So the good news is that I have made a full comeback, running higher mileage and racing faster than ever. The bad news is that right knee is starting to feel a bit creaky again.


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  • 21
    Oct2001
    • Injury Status In Pain

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Physical Therapy, Brace, Taping
      Worsened
      Surgery

    I am 14. I have patellofemal syndrome. Physical therapy, braces, or taping did not work for me. I had a lateral release on September 10. I am 6 weeks post op, and am showing no improvement. It hurts worse now then it did before my surgery. I am probably going to have to have a TTT.


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  • Anonymous Runner's Knee (PFPS)

    • Age 35-54
    • Male
    • 160 lbs
    11
    Dec2015
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Brace

    Whenever my runner's knee acts, I put a brace on to add extra warmth and support when I am running. It does not cure my runner's knee, but it does sooth it.


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  • 03
    Dec2015
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Stretching
      Not Improved
      Rest, Brace

    Stretching fixed my runners knee too! Struggled for about three months, not able to run more than 20 minutes, I was getting pain to the outside of my right knee. I bought new running shoes, knee braces, checked my form, rested, but nothing helped. Within two weeks of doing these stretches daily, it feels completely healed.


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  • 03
    Dec2015
    • Chronicity 18+ Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Brace
      Worsened
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs

    I have suffered with patellofemoral syndrome for years and I am a runner. I have tried different pain medications and several braces and nothing seemed to relieve the pain. I stopped running for a while because of the pain until I finally found something that worked. I was at a business luncheon last fall and met Alice Brown the Inventor of an orthosis/brace that was designed to help relieve the pain of patellofemoral syndrome, restore correct alignment of the upper and lower leg at the knee joint and helps retrain and strengthen the muscles of the upper and lower leg to work correctly. It really works. It almost immediately stopped my pain and I feel my knee joint is stronger. The orthosis/brace is made by In the Groove. The orthosis/brace was designed based on a physical therapy exercise called the modified Mulligan mobilization with movement glide. It is easy to do on yourself and if it works the orthosis/brace will work for you. Try to do the modified Mulligan mobilization with movement glide on yourself or have someone perform it on you. There are two types of the orthosis/brace; an "A" and "B". The movement will let you know if the orthosis/brace works for you and which type you need. Sit down and do the following: Place one hand about 2-3 inches above your knee on the side. Place the other hand about 2-3 inches below your knee. Press both hands toward the center of the knee. Bend your knee up and down. Get up and walk around and you should notice a difference. (The best test is to go up and downstairs.) If this helps then the orthosis brace will work for you. If not try doing the same thing again placing your hands in the opposite positions. If this works then the orthosis/brace is for you. The best way to make sure you are ordering the correct type is if you right hand is on your thigh during the Mulligan maneuver then you need an "A". If your left hand is on your thigh then you need a "B". If someone is performing the movement on you then if your right hand is on your thigh during the manuever you need a "B" and if your left hand is on your thigh your need an "A" If you would like more information on the orthosis/brace go to the website: http://www,inthegroovebrace.com. The website is very informative and there is a sizing and fitting video.


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  • 21
    Aug2015
    • Injury Status Cured

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Rest, Brace, Strengthening Exercises

    DISCLAIMER: Also not a doctor.
    About 15 years ago, I had a runner's knee issue. I honestly don't remember exactly what I researched about it, but somehow I came to the conclusion that it was caused by weakened quadriceps, which resulted in not holding my kneecap properly in place.
    So this is what I did:
    (1) Stopped running for a month or two. Instead, I did low-impact exercises to strengthen my quads... think high-resistance exercise bike, and leg extensions.
    (2) when I started running again, run with a patella-stabilizing knee brace for a month or two.
    (3) Make sure you include quadriceps exercises in your workout routine, forever. Doesn't need to be major exercises, doesn't need to be every day, but just maintain your muscle.
    Anyway, I haven't had any major knee problems since.


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