Knee Overuse Injuries

Also known as: runner's knee, patellar tendinitis, IT band syndrome

What are knee overuse injuries?

Overuse injuries of the knee are problems that occur with the knees due to performing a repetitive motion. They include issues such as runner’s knee, IT band syndrome, patellar tendinitis and others.

What causes knee overuse injuries?

Performing a repetitive motion over and over again until injury occurs is the cause of knee overuse injury. For the knee, this is frequently due to athletic endeavors such as running, though it can occur due to job-related motions or other reasons, as well.

What are the symptoms of knee overuse injuries?

Symptoms can vary based on the injury that is present. Common symptoms include pain, difficulty moving the knee, swelling, loss of sensation, tingling and numbness and other symptoms.

What are knee overuse injuries care options?

Mild or moderate knee overuse injuries can be treated with rest, ice, compression, elevation, avoidance of activities and over-the-counter pain relievers. Wearing a brace can help support the knee, and exercises can assist with healing. Surgery may be required for more severe injuries.

Reviewed by: Annie L Casta, MD

This page was last updated on: October 15, 2019 10:30 AM

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