Supplements for Runner's Knee (PFPS)

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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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  • 03
    Dec2015
    • Injury Status Cured

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Stretching, Strengthening Exercises, Supplements, Proper Running Form, Foam Rolling

    I'm 34, 6'0", 185 lbs, and have run six marathons (and a zillion shorter distances). Our body types are probably similar. I worry a little that most runners in my echelon (I'm a 1:27 half / 3:20 full marathoner) have a different body type and less mass than me. Knee problems have always been an issue. But I do a lot of things to try to mitigate it:
    Static stretching after each run, like 10 minutes worth. I never ever skip this.
    I take glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. They're advertised as helping your cartilage, but their benefits haven't been conclusively proven. I figure at worst they're placebos, at best they're helping my knees stay in the game longer.
    Focus on good running form. For a long time (until the past six months) I was running in very heavy shoes that promote heel striking. I switched to entry-level Newtons and my form has gotten noticeably better, which I think has to be better for my body mechanics generally and my knees specifically.
    Spent decent time at the gym doing leg/core strengthening (along with upper body/other stuff). I used to completely skip this, thinking that the gym worked my upper body and running worked my lower body. That was a dumb thing to think. Hips, knees, and ankles need proper support from the muscles around them.
    Before every run I do the foam roll to loosen up my IT bands on the outsides of my legs. This helps ensure that they don't get tight and end up pulling my kneecap slightly out of alignment.
    Even given all of the above, my Dad (age 68) still likes to remind me of all his old pals who ran lots in their younger years and now have bad knees. I like to think that I'm doing it right and they didn't, that my training plan is better, that I have the benefit of modern shoes that they didn't. But the way I see it: even if I do end up with bad knees, I'd rather have spent my peak years using my body to its fullest rather than sitting on the sidelines preserving myself for retirement.


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  • 24
    Nov2014
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Rest, Supportive Shoes, Supplements

    I took two months off due to runners knee. Once a week I'd do a very, very slow test run for a few miles, which the doctor said was fine since the X-rays looked fine (only some inflammation). Take a motrin, and rest.
    After healing it all up, I also started taking glucosamine (Osteo Bi-Flex) and that seems to be helping me (knock on wood). No idea if it's a placebo effect, but it helps. Don't forget to ensure your shoes are in good shape or it'll possibly come back again. I go through a pair every 1.5weeks due to marathon training.


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  • 16
    Mar2010
    • Injury Status Cured

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Supportive Shoes, Stretching, Other, Supplements

    For knees, I find stretching, pacing and good shoes work best to keep away knee pain. Biking and cross-training that works the muscles around your knees (the names of which suddenly evade me), can really help certain types of knee pain (works for me and my husband, who has very sensitive knees, but it doesn't work for my sister who has cronic joint pain in her knees). I also take Vitamin D, which is supposed to help with joint lubrication or something (my doctor suggested it), but I'm not sure if it's helping, or if I just haven't had any problems lately.

    I personally find that treadmills altar my natural stride, since they pull the leg back as you step on them, so I get shin splints when I use treadmills. I'd love for treadmills not to be painful for yucky weather days!


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  • 20
    Feb2010
    • Injury Status Cured

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Stretching, Other, Supplements

    I have something similar to what you describe. Common name is "runner's knee"---you can look it up and see if you have more symptoms of it (you don't have to be runner to have this problem). But basically the kneecap isn't tracking properly and can cause pain, especially after a time of increased exercise. Ibuprofen will help with the inflammation, but glucosamin-chondroitin will help with the joints. Icing and this ointment called Tiger Balm has helped soothe the joints. Also taking a good amount of time to stretch after the workout. Maybe you should consider knee braces...simple Ace brand that look like a band with a hole for your kneecap...to stabilize your knee.


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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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  • MeteorCube Runner's Knee (PFPS)

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 110 lbs
    • 4' 11"
    20
    Aug2018
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Rest, Acupuncture,
      Not Improved
      Patellar tendon strap, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Physical Therapy, Supplements,
      Worsened
      Ice

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  • Anonymous Runner's Knee (PFPS)

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 187 lbs
    • 5' 2"
    • Miami, Florida
    21
    Jun2017
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Repeat injury? Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Platelet Rich Plasma Injection
      Not Improved
      Other, Supplements

    Clean era my,Houston anda l�nea Cook,


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  • 10
    May2013
    • Injury Status Recovering

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Supplements

    glucosamine supplements really helped my knees.


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  • 30
    Oct2012
    • Injury Status Cured

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Supplements

    I used to have knee problems. MSM seemed to be the one that did the job. I say seemed, because if you look at chondrodin formulations many will have copper in it. You probably missing on or two more elements for healing. I do notice when I come off all the stuff I am eating the pain returns. Kind of like if you have vit c deficiency old wounds reopen. Jarrows multivit is pretty good. My problem went away on this. When you run notice you sweat like a hog losing minerals. Absorbtion of vit and minerals is partial at best. It is really common for structually based weakness stemming from deficiency. When calcium is low the thyroid releases a hormone to take calcium from bones.


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