The first measure for knee pain after jogging is to stop training immediately. The knee should be cooled and stored high. Anti-inflammatory ointments with a cooling effect also help to relieve the pain.
Further therapy is initiated in consultation with the doctor depending on the cause of the pain. Often a specific muscle training or a running shoe adapted to the needs of the knee is sufficient. In some cases, if there is an injury to the meniscus, a knee joint endoscopy may be necessary.
The runner’s knee can also be treated with a small operation if the complaint persists. A bandage on the knee joint can primarily stabilize it and thus help with muscular weakness or structural damage to the knee. For example, if the knee pain is due to an injury to the outer ligament, the bandage stabilises the knee joint so that it cannot kink outwards.
People who have dislocated the kneecap or who suffer from this frequently can also benefit from a support that stabilises the kneecap. Kinesio-Taping is mainly used to support the muscles. The elastic Kinesio-Tape is applied to the skin over a muscle in such a way that it supports the muscle when it is tensed in its direction of traction. In the case of knee pain caused by a muscular imbalance, the Kinesio-Tape can therefore relieve the discomfort, especially under stress. Kinesiotape is less suitable for major structural damage to the knee that requires stabilisation.
In most cases a good development can be expected in the further course of the year. Exceptions are causes of pain such as a leg malposition or a higher degree of wear and tear of the knee joint. In this case, a change of sport to knee-sparing activities such as swimming or cycling should be considered.
Diagnosis of external knee problems
Basically, knee pain, if it occurs repeatedly after exertion, should be clarified by a specialist. In addition to an external examination of the joint, further examinations such as an X-ray or MRI of the knee can be ordered to rule out a serious injury to the knee. In some cases a treadmill analysis is carried out by sports physicians in order to identify errors in the movement sequence. The best measures to avoid knee pain when jogging are, besides a careful selection of running shoes, setting realistic training goals and conscientiously stretching the muscles. – Thigh bone (femur)
- Inner meniscus
- Outer meniscus
- Fibula (fibula)
- Shin bone (tibia)