Sports medicine refers to it as runner’s knee or patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) but no matter what we call it, it can really hurt.
This condition affects many professional athletes as well as millions of amateur runners. It is irritating at best, but at worst it can be debilitating. Unpromisingly, incidence and prevalence studies of PFPS have shown that it accounts for up to 40 percent of knee complaints in sport, so it is undoubtedly one of the runner’s worst enemies.
Running, at any level, puts repeated stress on the knee joint, so the bones will wear down over time. If you add injuries or a combination of other factors, including genetics, you can end up with terrible pain. This can ruin your exercise plan or even derail your career.
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