Whether you are a beginning or experienced runner, you probably have experienced knee pain or injury. According to the "New York Times Health Guide," knee pain can be caused by several factors, including improper warm-ups before runs or an inadequate cool-down after a run. Not enough stretching, or doing the wrong stretches, can also cause injury, as can overuse of certain muscles or running with improper form. If you are experiencing knee pain as a result of running, you can use several techniques to help alleviate the pain and discomfort.
Apply a compression wrap to help protect the knee, recommends the Mayo Clinic. If the pain or injury is more severe, stabilize the joint with a brace or cast. Stay off the injured knee and allow your leg muscles to rest for at least two days. According to the Mayo Clinic, weight-bearing activities, even one as simple as standing, can cause knee pain to worsen.
Apply ice to the injury. According to the "New York Times Health Guide," you should apply ice to your knee injury for 15 minutes every hour during the first day after your injury, and then you should continue applying ice to the area at least four times a day until you feel a significant decrease in pain and swelling.
Elevate the injured leg to reduce swelling. Placing your knee on a pillow allows gravity to drain the fluids away from the injury, according to the Mayo Clinic's website. This release of pressure should help lessen the pain.
Use crutches or a knee brace to stabilize the leg and medicate for pain and swelling. According to the Mayo Clinic, serious injuries including ligament sprains or a torn anterior cruciate ligament require the use of a brace or crutches, which help to stabilize and protect your joints. The "New York Times Health Guide" recommends taking ibuprofen for swelling and acetaminophen for pain.
See a doctor if pain persists or is severe. John D. Kelly IV, M.D., in an interview for the "Discovery Health" website, recommends that you see a sports physician or orthopedic surgeon if your pain continues or if you suspect you have a serious injury to your meniscus, or the rubber-like cushioning within your knee.
Prevent knee injuries with proper stretching, warm-ups and cool-downs.
Things You'll Need
Ice or ice pack
Ibuprofen or acetaminophen
Note – This information has been taken from different internet sources.