Getting an injury to the knee while running is nothing tobe alarmed about. Although this kind of knee injury seems to happen quitefrequently, it is not true that it cannot be avoided. But when it does happen,it is usually a temporary and far from the serious matter which can be correctedquite simply when proper care is introduced.
Runner’s knee is probably the injury that most often occursto runners. It is likely to affect those runners who are just beginningtraining in a more demanding category. The sustained injury is followed bysevere pain which subsides after a few days of rest. However, when runner’sknee is in question, rather than a momentary injury to the knee, the pain islikely to come right back just as soon as the runner tries running again. Itreaches its culmination when going downward in any way, whether it is runningor simply going down the stairs. The knee also makes a kind of a crunchingsound while walking.
The causes of this kind of injury do not originate from theknee itself, but from either the thighs or the feet, and this injury is a signthat the runner’s technique is flawed in some way. Anyhow, this kind of injuryis mostly just unpleasant, because it is neither serious nor hard to treat. Thefirst thing to do is apply an ice package or an ice-cold compress, as soon asthe injury is sustained. After the swelling has decreased and the feeling inthe leg becomes pleasantly numb, it is good to take some anti-inflammatory medicationslike ibuprofen. Finally, prior to going to bed, it is a good idea to put a warmcloth on the knee and hold it there for about an hour.
The kind of injury that arises from Iliotibial band syndromehappens because the runner has probably put himself under too much strain anddone some excessive training. It affects the tissue that is located on theoutside of the knee and the pain following it is localized. The nature andmanifestation of this sort of pain differs from the typical ones, as it is notfollowed by swelling or any similar symptom, but it is periodic, oftenoccurring at the exact same running distance.
Once the symptoms of this type of injury are recognized,there is not much to be done but to provide the knees the much-needed rest andrelaxation so that they can make up for the damaged tissue.