If you’ve ever suffered from runner’s knee (patellofemoral pain syndrome) you know that it can be one of the worst injuries that a runner, or really any athlete, can suffer from. It’s been described as feeling like your knee has rusted which makes it painful to bend. Runner’s knee is actually a very common injury, but it’s not easy to get rid of or keep from coming back.
The problem with most athletes is that when we suffer an injury, we fall back into our old routine hoping for a better outcome. We suffer the injury, take a few days off, ice it, and then get back to our sport. Then we wonder why the injury keeps coming back. As Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” To actually help alleviate the symptoms of runner’s knee and keep it from coming back you’ve got to think differently.