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What do I do if my runner's knee doesn't get better?

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Ask your doctor if you need to see a specialist, like an orthopedic surgeon. It’s rare, but you may need surgery for severe cases of runner's knee. An orthopedic surgeon can remove or replace damaged cartilage and, in extreme cases, correct the position of your kneecap to send stress through the joint more evenly.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Runner's Knee," “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

Arroll, B. British Journal of General Practice, February 1999. 

Fulkerson, J. American Journal of Sports Medicine, May-June 2002. 

Rouzier, P. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor, second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.

Cleveland Clinic: “Knee Pain (Chondromalacia Patella).”

Pedorthic Association of Canada: “Overpronation and Under Pronation Correction.”

American College of Sports Medicine: “Plyometric Training for Children and Adolescents.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 8, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Runner's Knee," “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

Arroll, B. British Journal of General Practice, February 1999. 

Fulkerson, J. American Journal of Sports Medicine, May-June 2002. 

Rouzier, P. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor, second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.

Cleveland Clinic: “Knee Pain (Chondromalacia Patella).”

Pedorthic Association of Canada: “Overpronation and Under Pronation Correction.”

American College of Sports Medicine: “Plyometric Training for Children and Adolescents.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 8, 2019

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