Runner's Knee

Hampstead Osteopathy Treatments

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What is Runner's Knee?

Runner’s knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, describes pain around or behind the kneecap. It often arises from repetitive stress on the joint due to various factors, including:

  • Muscle imbalances: Weak or tight muscles can impact proper knee alignment and movement.
  • Improper running form: Overstriding, landing incorrectly, or biomechanical flaws can increase stress on the kneecap.
  • Sudden changes in training: Increasing intensity or mileage too quickly can overwhelm the body.
  • Footwear issues: Unsupportive shoes can affect how your foot absorbs impact.

How Can Osteopathy Treatment for Runner’s Knee Help?

At our osteopathy clinic, we understand the frustration and limitations runner’s knee can cause. We offer a holistic approach to address the root cause of your pain and get you back on track.


Here’s how we can help:

1. Thorough Assessment: We begin by understanding your individual situation through a detailed discussion of your medical history, running habits, and pain patterns. This includes a comprehensive physical examination to assess your biomechanics, muscle strength, and joint mobility.

2. Addressing the Cause: Based on the assessment, we’ll identify potential contributing factors and develop a personalized treatment plan. This may involve:

  • Manual therapy: Gentle techniques to improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, and enhance joint mobility.
  • Muscle strengthening exercises: Tailored exercises to strengthen specific muscles and improve overall stability around the knee.
  • Stretching and mobility exercises: Enhance flexibility and range of motion to improve your running form.
  • Postural correction: Address any postural imbalances that might be influencing your running technique.
  • Footwear and training advice: We can provide recommendations on appropriate footwear and offer guidance on safe training practices to prevent future issues.


3. Empowering Your Recovery: We believe in empowering you to take charge of your health. We’ll educate you on your condition and provide you with self-management strategies, including stretches, exercises, and activity modifications to aid your recovery journey.

Beyond Pain Relief:

While pain relief is a primary goal, we strive to help you beyond just symptom management. We aim to:

  • Improve your running form: This reduces stress on your knee and prevents future problems. You can read more about this on the “Gait Analysis” page
  • Enhance your overall strength and flexibility: This improves your performance and reduces your risk of future injuries.
  • Optimize your training: As a qualified England Athletics running coach in Running Fitnesss, I can help you adjust your training plan for optimal results while minimizing injury risk.

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