Running with knee pain is a common frustration for most runners especially when it’s unexplained and you can’t pin-point anything that might be causing it.
It’s no fun when you’re laid out on the couch with ice packs on your knees popping ibuprofen like it’s candy.
Unfortunately, most runners go through one failed attempt after another to eliminate the pain such as visits to the doctor, rest, ice, pain relievers or (in some cases) surgery.
So, why do these methods fail miserably to eliminate knee pain when running?
Because they’re focused on treating symptoms without addressing the actual cause of the problem.
The video below will explain it so you can get back to pain free running:
- Squat Test: Hold the position in the photo below (WITHOUT THE BALL IN YOUR HANDS–just hold your arms in front of you) for 30 seconds and notice where you feel it the most (hint: it’s somewhere in your legs..:). Go as close to parallel as you can but don’t allow your hips to drop below your knees.
- Single Leg Test: Begin on one leg and try to touch an object about 6″ tall (like the cone shown in the photo) with control. Touch with your right hand and come back back up. Then on the same leg try it with your left hand and come back up. Repeat the test with both hands on the other leg as well.
Notice if you can do this without wobbling, if you can do it with some difficulty or if your other foot touches the floor at any time on the way down or up.
Ok, so now that you’ve completed the tests let’s go over what all of this has to do with knee pain from running:
Stay tuned for part 2 in this series where I’ll show you how to eliminate the cause of your running knee pain.
Leave me a comment below and let me know if this helped you.