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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. , February 1999.  British Journal of General Practice

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

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

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 Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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 Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

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