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Runner's knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a condition characterized by dull pain around the front of the knee (patella), where it connects with the lower end of the thigh bone (femur).
Runner's knee may be caused by a structural defect, or a certain way of walking or running. Other causes may include the following:
The following are the most common symptoms of runner's knee. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of runner's knee may resemble other conditions and medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
Diagnosis of a runner's usually is confirmed with a complete medical history and a physical examination.
Specific treatment for runner's knee will be determined by your physician based on:
The best course of treatment for runner's knee is to stop running until running can resume without pain. Other treatment may include: