Treatment for Runner’s Knee
In the majority of cases, the treatment for runners knee is non-operative. This would include a program of stretching, cross training, and low-impact exercising. If one does not have any improvement over time with cutting back activities and cross training, such as cycling, elliptical use, or swimming, then one should be evaluated to determine if there is an underlying cause that is contributing to the symptoms.
Sometimes, a localized cartilage defect or a meniscus tear can cause the knee to swell with activities, which can lead to the same type of symptoms that one sees in runners knee. Therefore, if cutting back on activities is not useful, an evaluation to include a clinical exam, X-rays, and possibly an MRI scan may be indicated.