Runner’s Knee

Posted on May 31, 2018

Common Knee Pain – Patellofemoral Joint Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)

Patellofemoral joint pain (PFJP) is the most common knee injury seen here at Dr7 Physiotherapy & Podiatry. More frequently known as “Runner’s Knee”, PFJP is pain felt behind or around your kneecap due to excessive joint pressure and poor kneecap alignment. PFJP affects approximately 10-20% of the general population, making it the most common diagnosis in physiotherapy practices.1

Read below to find out more about anterior knee pain.



Your knee joint is made up of 3 articulating components – the femur (thigh bone), the tibia (shin bone) and the patella (kneecap). The kneecap is stabilised within the knee joint by a balance of musculature and tendon forces around the knee. A balance of these forces is essential for the kneecap to move freely and pain-free in the knee’s groove as you bend and straighten your knee.

The knee made up of Femur, Patella and Tibia.
The knee made up of Femur, Patella and Tibia.



What is Runners Knee?

Runner’s knee is pain felt around and behind the kneecap. If the knee complex isn’t suitably balanced, the kneecap can glide sub-optimally in its groove. With repetitive knee action, inflammation and pain can occur, causing damage to bony tissue, cartilage, ligaments and/or fatty tissue near the knee cap. Pain arises with contact of the kneecap within its groove and can present itself as either a diffuse achy pain or at times a sharp and severe pain.

Common symptoms reported at Dr7 Physiotherapy & Podiatry are:

  • Pain in the knee during weight-bearing activities
  • The kneecap feels as though it isn’t balanced in the knee joint
  • Tenderness in and around the knee when pressure is applied
  • Cracking or clicking noise with knee movement or twisting
  • Reduction in pain-free knee motion
  • Stiffness

Diagnosis and treatment by a Dr7 Physiotherapist are crucial for a quicker and less painful recovery. If left untreated symptoms usually progressively worsen.


Does this sound familiar? Read on for more information.


What causes Runner’s Knee?

At Dr7 Physiotherapy & Podiatry we recognise that a number of factors can attribute to runner’s knee. Therefore it is important to assess individual biomechanics, compensations and joints above and below the knee complex.

Some of the more common issues that can contribute to runner’s knee are:

  • Poor biomechanics
  • Poor hip stabilisation and control
  • Tight and imbalanced musculature & tendon structures
  • Poor strength and endurance of quadriceps, hamstrings and hip muscles
  • Trauma to the knee joint
  • Poor foot posture

Aggravating factors most commonly reported to the Physiotherapists at Dr7 Physiotherapy & Podiatry are:

  • Squatting & lunging
  • Running
  • Stair/hills
  • Twisting/pivoting

If you are experiencing any symptoms correlating with runner’s knee, it is important to have your condition assessed by one of our experienced Physiotherapists at Dr7 today.

knee pain
knee pain


How can a Dr7 Physiotherapist help?

All of our Physiotherapists at Dr7 Physiotherapy & Podiatry are well-trained to implement up-to-date research techniques to different cases of runner’s knee. Each therapist will implement treatment based on the individuals’ unique presentation and can vary from patient to patient.

After an extensive assessment, your therapist will be able to explain the cause for your knee pain. A management plan will be implemented to settle pain, restore biomechanics of your knee and offer advice for current and future physical activity.

Frequently used treatment strategies at Dr7 Physiotherapy & Podiatry

  • Soft/deep tissue massage
  • Trigger point release
  • Dry needling
  • Myofascial cupping therapy
  • Mobility, strength and stretching exercises
  • Biomechanical advice & adjustments
  • Kneecap mobility and glides
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Taping



Taping is an important component for managing knee pain. It is used to restore proper alignment of your kneecap within the knee’s groove. It can be applied in a number of different ways depending on the patient’s presentation and activity requirements. At times knee taping can provide instant relief and allow patients to integrate into normal daily activities sooner.

Check out our Physiotherapist, Tess demonstrating two popular and effective taping techniques for runner’s knee.



Tess physio at Dr7 Physiotherapy
Tess physio at Dr7 Physiotherapy


How to book an assessment with our qualified physiotherapists

There are 2 ways in which you can secure an appointment at Dr7 Physiotherapy and Podiatry.

  1. Call (08) 9349 1777 to speak with one of our friendly receptionists to book an appointment.
  2. Book an appointment online through Health Engine. This is located on our website Simply click “book an appointment” and you will be guided through the steps.