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Runners Knee

Runner's knee is the common term used to describe any one of several conditions that cause pain around the kneecap or patella. These conditions include: anterior knee pain syndrome, patellofemoral malalignment, chondromalacia patella, and iliotibial band syndrome.

The cartilage under the kneecap is a natural shock absorber. Chondromalacia patellae may develop when the knee is overused or injured.

Treatable by a medical professional

Requires a medical diagnosis


Lab tests or imaging often required


Medium-term: resolves within months

It's usually treated with rest, pain relievers and physiotherapy.

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