Taping 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 03
    Dec2015
    • Injury Status Recovering

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Taping, Strengthening Exercises, Foam Rolling

    I am actually dealing with this right now as well. My IT band started giving me issues with 3 miles to go at my last race.
    Hip strengthening exercises, foam rolling, and KT Tape have done wonders! I ran 2 miles without pain this morning.
    Getting your hips strong is key!


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  • 24
    Mar2014
    • Injury Status Cured

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Taping

    I started running late in life (age 54) and developed a mistracking patella which was fixed 100% with proper Kinesio taping. A year or so ago taping no longer worked and I figured it was just because I couldn't find anyone to do it correctly. I saw an ortho surgeon who was willing to fix the problem surgically but needed to see what was really going on first. An MRI showed osteoarthritis. I noted that every blood relative I have has developed this, and most at an EARLIER AGE than I did. I wonder if running, and the accompanying cross-training and strength-training, actually delayed the onset in me. However, it is possible this was starting to develop before I started running...of course, there is no way to know. I have been given Hyalgan injections but so far the improvement is not significant, although I've been told it could take a while longer. I mainly feel pain when going up and down steps and steep hills, but it is not going to stop me from running. If artificial knees totally preclude running, then I will not have the surgery until I can literally no longer walk. Right now, the problem is only in my left knee: occasionally I feel a tiny twinge in the right knee, but that knee is about where the left knee was two years ago. I have also taken calcium supplements, vitamin D, and glucosamine & chondroitin, not having proof they do or do not help but considering it a gamble.


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  • 16
    Oct2013
    • Injury Status Cured

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Taping

    I have had great success through the years strengthening to the point RK is rarely a problem. And when it it is, I've learned how to rest or change my training to help it flare down. The clicking and crunchy sounds used to really get to me. I used to hate walking upstairs. I would ask about how much rest is recommended, and also cross-training and taping -- two things that have helped me get through the times I was blue and helped me resume training.


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  • 08
    Nov2006
    • Injury Status Cured

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Taping
      Almost Cured
      Ice, Rest

    About 2-3 weeks before my first half marathon my right knee started acting up - having trained all summer for this HM and HOPING that I'd still be able to run it I went in to the doctor who referred me to a Physical Therapist who showed me some Illiotibial Band stetches and, most importantly, how to tape up my knee when I run.
    I tested out the taped knee with an easy 3 miles run and it seemed to work so I went for it! Finished my first half marathon - original goal time was under 2 hours and my chip time was 2:12. Not bad, I though, considering the bum knee.

    I also took it easy on the running, did lots of the stretching, and did the whole RICE thing in the 2 weeks prior to race day. Taped up my knee on race day and ran the HM without any problems! I'm still taping it when I run for the next couple months, on the advice of the Physical Therapist. I really haven't had much trouble with it since the race. It gets a little tight during the beginning of a run but loosens up and feels fine after a couple miles.

    So I'm with the rest of the group, see a doc and get a referral to a physical therapist.


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