written by: Nem
Do you have pain around your knee cap when squatting or descending stairs? Does it get worse after prolonged sitting? In case you have any of these symptoms, chances are that you might have patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), also called "the runner’s knee".
Runner’s knee got its name for an obvious reason – it is highly prevalent among runners. But why is this the case? Running represents a cyclical activity, which means that phases of the running movement repeat over and over again.
In case you have even a small movement flaw within any phase of the running cycle, that flaw can become a big issue down the road if you run with enough intensity and duration.
Specifically for the runner’s knee, there are certain biomechanical and structural factors that indicate a higher risk for developing this condition which we'll discuss later in this article.