Runner's knee injuries

Instr Course Lect. 1984:33:258-68.


In our series of running injuries 40% of all injuries have been related to the knee area. Over 20 million people in the United States run on a regular basis. Figures from large running sources show that 60% to 70% of individuals running regularly are injured severely enough to temporarily stop running. The figures are significant, not in the seriousness of the knee injury, but in the fact that seeking treatment for their knee problems. Orthopaedic surgeons, because of their ability to evaluate the entire lower extremity, become the central component for treatment of this large group of injured runners. As has been noted, the underlying biomechanical abnormality must be sought and dealt with or the symptoms return. By identification of the injured structure(s) integrated with biomechanical understanding, treatment can be developed on a rational basis, dealing with acute problems and prevention of future ones.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries* / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries* / therapy
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries* / diagnosis
  • Knee Injuries* / therapy
  • Male
  • Medical History Taking
  • Orthotic Devices
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Examination
  • Running*