Runner's Knee - Carrollton, TX
Dr. Goodhart, a renowned orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, specializes in the treatment of various knee conditions. He uses advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to help patients find relief from the discomforting symptoms.

Runner's Knee

Knee is a complex joint made up of 3 bones femur (thigh bone), tibia (shinbone) and patella (kneecap). Out of the three, kneecap plays a significant role in protection of the joint and movement of the leg. Runner’s Knee or Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) refers to a medical condition that causes pain around patella. It generally affects runners, jumpers and cyclists due to the excessive stress borne by the knee during these activities.

Causes Of Runner's Knee

  • An injury due to a fall or an accident
  • Misalignment in the hip or ankle bones may put pressure on the knee joint
  • Weakness in thigh muscles
  • Plica Syndrome that causes inflammation in lining of the patella
  • Improper stretching before exercise
  • Arthritis
  • Hypermobile feet or fallen arches may modify gait and put strain on the joint

Symptoms Of Runner's Knee

  • Pain in the front part of the knee
  • Soreness and stiffness
  • Pain while walking, bending, kneeling or after sitting for a prolonged period
  • Swelling around the patella
  • A popping sound may emanate from the knee while walking

Diagnosis Of Runner's Knee

  • Physical examination: The doctor may physically examine the knee to check swelling, stiffness, alignment of the lower leg or inflammation around the patella (kneecap)
  • Imaging studies: X-rays or MRI scans may be recommended to suspect any cartilage injury. Radiography may also be required to assess patella’s alignment within trochlea (groove)

Treatment For Runner's Knee

Non-surgical treatment

  • R.I.C.E technique – The doctor may advise the patient to follow R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) technique initially to reduce inflammation.
  • Exercises: Muscle strengthening exercises may be suggested to increase knee’s range of motion.
  • Medication: Anti-inflammatory drugs  may be prescribed by the doctor for pain relief
  • Foot support: The use of orthotics (shoe inserts) or arch supports may be recommended by the doctors to relieve pain and keep the feet in normal position while walking.

Surgical Treatment

  • Arthroscopy: The surgeon may insert a small camera into the knee joint. Surgery may involve the removal of damaged ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament) from the surface of patella or loosening of the lateral retinaculum tendon that may be pulling patella out of the trochlear groove.
  • Tibial Tubercle Transfer: The surgeon may make a small incision to detach the tibial tubercle and realign the misaligned patella. Screws may be used to reattach tibial tubercle to the shin bone

Prevention Tips

  • Maintain healthy weight to reduce stress on the knee
  • Wear proper running shoes which have shock absorption quality
  • Use extra supports like patellar straps or sleeve

For treatment of Runner’s Knee, visit Dr. Goodhart. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 899 – 4679.