Running injuries occur with over training, improper warm-up or stretching, poor running mechanics, or from a previous injury which causes muscle weakness. Most of these injuries can be avoided. For instance, Chomdromalacia Patella is a condition affecting the cartilage of the underside of the kneecap. It can be caused from a microtrauma from repeated bending of the knee while using improper running mechanics.
Chomdromalacia Patella can be associated with:
- A dull, aching pain which becomes a sharp pain in the front of the knee
- A grinding feeling under the kneecap
- Stiffness with squatting, bending or going up stairs
or a feeling that the leg may buckle
The prognosis for Chomdromalacia Patella is good with the proper exercise routine and rest from running.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist, of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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