Why Are Your Knees Hurting During/After A Run
Nothing beats the feeling of a good runners high! It’s a great workout and an awesome way to relieve stress. But then there comes the bummer party pooper...knee pain. It can come while you're running or after when you're finished with your run. It gets in the way of you giving it your all and sets your back on your athleticism that you know you have. So why do we even get knee pain in the first place? Here are a few reasons;
Patellar Tendinitis -putting too much strain on the patellar tendon
Runner’s Knee -patella moving out of place during a run
Osteoarthritis -not enough cartilage support making your bones rub and grind against each other
Iliotibial Band Syndrome -band that starts from your hip and goes all the way down to your knee, crossing the knee joint
How To Treat Knee Pain At Home
It’s always best to see a doctor for a knee injury but for the most part you can simply do at home treatments for knee pain. One of these treatments is the RICE method;
REST: Take a day or week off depending on the severity of the pain
ICE: To help reduce inflammation and pain apply ice (not directly) 30 mins at a time
COMPRESSION: Wrapping up the knee but not too tightly, with a bandage wrap
ELEVATION: Keeping the knee elevated preferably above the level of your heart
Taking over the counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be useful as well for short-term use for injuries. Of course consult with your doctor before doing so.
How To Help With Knee Pain While Running
We’ve discussed the short-term treatments, now let's discuss the long-term preventions for knee pain to help you have future healthy and enjoyable runs.
There are a few simple things you can do that don't take up much of your time (especially if you take your body health seriously, it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.)
Stretch Before You Run
Stretching before running can be a game changer for your runs. Try short stretches (30 secs-1 min) including your quads, calves, hip flexors, hamstrings and glutes. Don’t go full yoga and do long timed stretches, do that after your run.
Listen To You Body
If you feel any knee pain listen to your body and wait until you make a full recovery first before running again. If you have knee pain, skip your run for the day. When you start incorporating to run again try reducing your running distance, take breaks and take it easy before you go full sprint mode.
Best Shoes For Running
Having the appropriate running shoe can make a big impact (literally.) While our foot support is important, test out what shoes feel the most comfortable for you. Some of the best running shoes are Nike, Brooks, Hoka, Reebok,...just to name a few out there.
Joint Supplements For Knee Pain
As we continue to age our bone mass and density starts to decrease. Including joint supplements for knee pain or any joint pain may also help as they tend to contain Glucosamine and Chondroitin that have studies are shown to improve with knee joint pain. When it comes to choosing the best joint supplement try our Ultra Joint Support Complex as it contains not only 1500mg of Glucosamine and 150mg of Chondroitin, but also Boswellia, Turmeric, Quercetin, Methionine, MSM, and Bromelain for the maximum benefits.