The term “runner’s knee”, also known as chondromalacia or patellofemoral pain syndrome, is not really a disease on its own. It is a loose term used to describe pain around the inside of the knee, usually caused by irritation to the cartilage under the kneecap. As its name suggests, runner’s knee is a common ailment among runners. However, it can also affect anyone that participates in activities or sports that involve consistent bending of the knee.
Visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis if you suspect you have runner’s knee. Some common symptoms of runner’s knee are:
- Pain behind or around the kneecap, especially where the thighbone and the kneecap meet.
- Pain when you bend the knee — when walking, squatting, kneeling, running, or even sitting.
- Pain that’s worse when walking downstairs or downhill.
- Popping or grinding sensations in the knee.
* Source: WebMD Runner’s Knee Symptoms
Wearing a runner’s knee brace can help prevent patellofemoral pain. The brace helps hold the knee in alignment and may help prevent wear and tear on your knee cartilage. Running on softer surfaces and strengthening the thigh muscles can also help you avoid runner’s knee.
Did you know that back injuries can happen when playing soccer?
Soccer players are susceptible to lower back pain and herniated disk injuries. In fact, world-famous soccer player David Beckham had to sit out of major league soccer games last week due to pain in his lower back.
The lower back supports the weight and motion of an athlete’s body. The twisting motion from kicking in soccer puts pressure and force on this area, which can lead to back strain or even ligament tears. Here are some ways to prevent soccer back injuries:
- Wear a soccer back brace. Back braces for soccer provide compression along the spine. This can help hold the back in correct alignment and may prevent injury while playing soccer.
- Stretch and strengthen the muscles. Make sure to keep your back muscles flexible and strong. This helps your body handle sudden loads of force during a soccer game.
- Proper warm up. Soccer back injuries may be prevented by getting blood flowing through the body. Quick warm up exercises and stretching can help you avoid back sprains from the twisting motion when kicking.
These simple tips can be all the difference in keeping your body healthy and on the field!
Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She recently tore her ACL and will be sharing her experiences with us as she works towards getting back into sports.
Like most accidents, you never think it’s going to happen to you… until it does.
You’re healthy, you’re active – what could go wrong?
That was me before I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) when playing flag football. One moment I was blocking a linebacker, the next moment I was on the ground holding my knee.
I was lucky compared to most people who tear their ACL. I wasn’t in much pain, but I knew that my knee instability would prevent me from playing. What hurt was that it was the third play of first game of the day. But even that wasn’t what hurt me the most. Here’s what really pained me:
I could have prevented the ACL tear by wearing my knee brace.
That’s right. I had an ACL knee brace in my gym bag but I didn’t wear it because I didn’t think I needed it.
Now it’ll be about a year before I’m playing basketball and football again, after all the orthopedic doctor appointments and surgery recovery. Once I’m back on my feet you can bet that I’ll be wearing a knee brace when playing sports!
Ankle injuries can occur quite frequently while playing tennis. A tennis player’s chances of rolling an ankle are very high, due to the side to side movement and sudden changes in direction while on the court.
Many professional tennis players wear ankle braces while playing. In fact, British tennis star Andy Murray wears an Aircast A60 ankle brace. Like many tennis players, he’s sprained his ankles multiple times and now wears a tennis ankle brace for prevention and added support.
The Aircast A60 is designed to provide support at the weakest point in the ankle. Each side of the brace is molded at a 60 degree angle to help guard against ankle sprains and rollovers. In addition the Aircast A60 ankle support is:
- Easy to put on because of its single strap design
- Breathable and lightweight because of its unique material, keeping your foot cool and dry
- Anatomically designed for a sleek and comfortable fit
- Great for sports – fits easily in your shoe
Get ready for your next tennis match with an Aircast A60 ankle brace and you can start preventing ankle injuries!
Cold therapy (also known as cryotherapy), is the application of cold to an area of injury. The cold helps to numb the affected area and reduce pain. It also affects the cells at the injured area by decreasing swelling and promoting healing.*
Doctors often recommend the use of cold therapy after an injury or surgery to help with a patient’s recovery. Most people use ice or ice packs, but the cold does not last for very long – plus it can often result in a watery mess and frequent trips to the freezer.
Specialized cold therapy products such as Aircast Cryo Cuff cold therapy coolers apply consistent cold over a targeted area for longer periods of time. The CyroCuffs also provide focused compression, which helps to minimize pain and fluids at the site of injury. Aircast Cryo/Cuffs are anatomically designed, so you can find the perfect cold wrapper for your knee, foot, back, shoulder, hip, wrist or elbow.
Talk to your doctor to see if cold therapy is right for your injury, and start on the road to recovery!
* Duke University Health System – The RICE Principle