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why do the back of my knees hurt after running

posted Nov-01-2006 02:25 PM Pain behind my knee (not behind knee cap, literally the back of my leg, the back of the knee), started last night at about mile 11 of a 14 mile MP run. The pain wasn't that bad, almost just bothersome. I slowed my pace and it subsided a bit. I am assuming it is probably overuse (ran 18 on Saturday and moved a 1/2 ton shed on Saturday also), but I was wondering if anyone could clue me in on what it could be. It is almost like my lower, lower hamstring where it attaches behind the knee. There is no inflammation and isn't sore to the touch today. I just went to the PT for this same thing today. Part of the culprit is the bottom of the hamstring where it attaches to the upper thigh. The other part is the triangular muscle or tendon, popleteal it's called, behind the knee on the back of the leg that gets stressed or injured.


The PT gave me some exercises to do, did ultrasound,heat, deep tissue massage, then iced it for about 2 minutes. He said to reduce amount of running and do it very slowly or cross-train for a couple of weeks, gave me some stretches, and I will go in 3 times a week for 2 weeks for therapy. No lunges, no leg curls, no squats, no hills, no hills, no hills. Pop*lit"e*al (? ; 277), a. [From L. poples, -itis, the ham. ] (Anat. ) Of or pertaining to the ham; in the region of the ham, or behind the knee joint; as, the popliteal space. (anatomy) of the area behind the knee. [This message has been edited by goal2run (edited Nov-01-2006). ]
[This message has been edited by goal2run (edited Nov-01-2006). ] IP: First, it isnБt just for runners. Also, it isn't really a specific injury. RunnerБs knee is a broad term used to describe the pain you feel if you have one of several knee problems.


You might hear a doctor call it patellofemoral pain syndrome. Overuse. Bending your knee again and again or doing a lot of high-stress exercises, like lunges and plyometrics (training that uses the way your muscles lengthen and shorten to boost their power), can irritate tissues in and around your kneecap. A direct hit to the knee, like from a fall or blow Your bones arenБt lined up (your doctor will call this malalignment). If any of the bones from your hips to your ankles are out of their correct position, including the kneecap, that can put too much pressure on certain spots. Then your kneecap wonБt move smoothly through its groove, which can cause pain. Problems with your feet, like hypermobile feet (when the joints in and around them move more than they should), fallen arches (flat feet), or overpronation (which means your foot rolls down and inward when you step).


These often change the way you walk, which can lead to knee pain. Weak or unbalanced thigh muscles. The quadriceps, those big muscles in the front of your thigh, keep your kneecap in place when you bend or stretch the joint. If theyБre weak or tight, your kneecap may not stay in the right spot. Chondromalacia patella, a condition in which the cartilage under your kneecap breaks down What Are the Symptoms? The main thing is pain. You might notice it: Usually in front of your kneecap, though it could be around or behind it When you bend your knee to walk, squat, kneel, run, or even get up from a chair The area around your knee could swell, or you might hear popping or have a grinding feeling in the knee.

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