Runner's Knee can be a painful and frustrating condition – especially for athletes who can't afford to be sidelined by chronic pain.
But the good news is there are simple and effective solutions for treating and eliminating Runner's Knee, without surgery, so you can find relief and get back to performing at your best.Use the guide below to understand the causes and symptoms of Runner's Knee, and why most treatment options fail to provide relief.
What is Runner's Knee?
Runner's Knee is the informal term used to describe knee pain caused by patellar tendonitis / tendonosis, patellofemoral pain syndrome and other issues affecting the patellar tendon.
While there are key differences between each of these medical conditions, the overall symptoms are often the same: pain at the front of the knee and around the kneecap (in your patellar tendon).
The pain is commonly caused by athletic activity involving running and jumping. It can also be caused or exacerbated by previous injury to the tendon.
Runner's Knee Symptoms
If your knees hurt after running, that is a good sign you are experiencing patellofemoral pain syndrome or patellar tendinitis.
Mayo Clinic describes Runner's Knee as a "dull, aching pain" at the front of your knee. Among those who experience it, the symptoms are commonly described as:
- Knee pain after running
- Sore knees after running
- Pain in knee after workout routines
- Swollen knee after running
- Stiff knees after exercise
An additional telltale symptom of Runner's Knee is aggravated pain when walking up and down stairs or when kneeling. Sitting with bent knees for long periods of time can also exacerbate the problem.
- Tip: If you experience sudden, sharp knee pain while running, that is likely the sign of a different injury outside of the tendon.
Causes of Runner's Knee and Patellar Tendon Pain
Symptoms of Runner's Knee are caused by repeated stress to the knee joint and patellar tendon around the kneecap.
Running and athletic activities that involve repeated jumping are most associated with the condition. These activities put stress on the knee tendon, forming tiny tears. Your body attempts to repair the tears, but it still causes painful irritation and inflammation under the kneecap.
Other factors that can contribute to Runner's Knee and sore knees after running include:
- Muscle weaknesses and imbalances
- Injury to the knees
- Surgical procedures affecting the knee joint or patellar tendon
Why Most Treatments Don't Work
If you've experienced Runner's Knee, then you probably know the frustration of trying several treatment options, and nothing seems to work.
Or, maybe something works at first, but then the pain comes back as soon as you start exercising again.
The problem is that the most commonly recommended treatments for Runner's Knee are severely limited in how they address the pain and the root problem.
For example, common recommendations that fall short include:
- Over-the-counter pain relief meds
- Stretches and rehabilitative exercises
- Icing whenever knees hurt after running
- Using a knee brace for running or taping
- Limiting physical activity
These treatments are often ineffective, especially when applied individually.
Also... limit physical activity? That's simply not an option for serious athletes or anyone who wants to maintain a healthy running routine.
It gets worse …
When these strategies don't work, athletes often urge their physicians for more extreme treatments, like surgical procedures. But make no mistake, surgery comes with big risks that could set you back even further. And since there are other, PROVEN treatments, surgery is often completely unnecessary.
When It Comes to Runner's Knee Treatment, It's All about the PROTOCOL
You don't have to be a hardcore athlete to understand the frustration of being unable to find an effective runner's knee treatment. (This is why the phrase "knee pain running" is searched in Google by thousands of people every month.)
However, serious athletes know that treating any injury or pain requires more than a few Ibuprofen. No single treatment provides the relief and repair you need to fully SOLVE the problem.
Instead, eliminating runner's knee requires a complete protocol – a multi-pronged treatment plan to eliminate the pain and provide the healing you need to stay active.
The Solution: Swiss RX Athlete Repair Protocol
The Swiss RX Athlete Repair Protocol uses a 3-way approach to treating Runner's Knee, patellar tendinitis and other patellar tendon pain. The protocol includes 3 products that are specially formulated to work together to heal soft tissue injuries and pain.
What the protocol consists of:
Swiss RX Soft Tissue Complex
Reduces inflammation and lays the foundation for healing
Swiss RX Collagen
Supports tissue regeneration
Swiss RX Omega 3
Further reduces inflammation and joint related pain
Implemented together, this 3-part protocol provides powerful results for anyone experiencing the nagging pain of Runner's Knee or other patellar tendon pain.
This same protocol has been used on professional athletes, who have reported they've gotten back to training in as little as 4 weeks.
Let's break down each of the 3 pillars to illustrate why it's so effective.
1) Soft Tissue Complex: Say Goodbye to Knee Pain After Running!
Swiss RX Soft Tissue Complex is what we call the "heart" of our Athlete Repair Protocol. That's because it features 4 different supplements that work in tandem to deliver superior anti-inflammatory relief:
- Proteolytic enzymes
- Flavonoids (Total C)
- GABAnol and Glycine
Here's what makes this formula so powerful for runner's knee …
Turmeric is a proven and powerful inflammation fighter. But when you're dealing with chronic patellar tendonitis, the turmeric alone isn't enough to get rid of chronic pain. That's why other over-the-counter anti-inflammatories don't work.
So that's where the proteolytic enzymes come in.
When you've got runner's knee, your knee sometimes forms a protein cap around the inflamed area. That creates something like a roadblock for anti-inflammatories.
The proteolytic enzymes help to break down that protein cap. This allows the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric to get to the inflamed tissue and do their job. That's why these enzymes are extremely popular in Europe for injuries like Runner's Knee and why they're increasingly gaining attention in the U.S.
But it doesn't stop there.
Swiss RX Soft Tissue Complex also includes GABAnol and Glycine. These are amino acids that work like a muscle relaxant, tampering signals that trigger muscle spasms in your knee. Your muscles relax, so they can repair and also improve your mobility.
Finally, the Flavonoids (Vitamin C, Quercetin and Botanicals) further help to reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to the injured area to speed up the healing.
Crucially, the flavonoids also work as a support vehicle for another vital component of the protocol … collagen.
2) Collagen: The Key to HEALING Runner's Knee
Reducing inflammation is just the first step. If you want to get back to running, your knee needs to heal.
That's where collagen comes in.
Collagen is a crucial, research-backed ingredient for soft tissue repair. Numerous studies have proven collagen to be effective for healing injuries and providing a platform for new tissue growth.
WARNING: Not all collagen is made equal!
You can buy collagen anywhere these days. But that doesn't mean all collagen provides the same benefits.
There is a wide gulf between high-quality collagen formulas and the stuff you buy at the grocery store. So if you're saying to yourself, "Running hurts my knees!" then you need to be careful what you buy.
Here's what makes Swiss RX Collagen so effective for Runner's Knee and patellar tendinitis …
Powerful 3-Part Formula Designed for Runners & Athletes
This isn't collagen for growing nails or hair.
This is a patented and clinically-backed 3-part formula that is specially designed for runners and athletes who need fast, effective tissue repair.
Each of the 3 ingredients (FORTIGEL®, TendoActive® and Mobilee®) is pharmaceutical-grade collagen, providing:
- Complete tissue repair
- Recovery from chronic knee pain
- Better post-workout recovery
- Additional anti-inflammatory benefits
Critically, unlike store-bought collagens, Swiss RX Collagen delivers the ideal molecular size for maximum absorption in soft tissue.
3) Omega 3: Crucial Runner's Knee Treatment
Omega 3 is the final key component of the Swiss RX Athlete Repair Protocol. This provides another layer of anti-inflammatory power and works in-tandem with other components to reduce joint pain, such as runner's pain.
Like collagen, this isn't your average grocery-store-shelf Omega 3 supplement.
Swiss RX Omega 3 is 70% more absorbable that most other Omega 3 products. Plus, it has the shortest time in the industry from catch to capsule. That means it's fresh and has no fishy aftertaste. No gross fishy burps!
The freshness and higher bioavailability make Swiss RX Omega 3 most effective for runners and athletes.
What about joint problems?
Some runners suffer from other joint problems that require more than tissue repair. For such joint issues, consider supplementing the protocol with a fourth component: Swiss RX Joint Defense.
Swiss RX Joint Defense uses a powerful Glucosamine formula to rehydrate and rebuild your cartilage (so you absorb impact without knee pain during running) and reduce joint pain overall.
Don't Let Runner's Knee Hold You Back!
Stop experiencing knee pain after running. Get started with the Swiss RX Athlete Repair Protocol today and get back to training.