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About Runner’s Knee

Avid runners aren’t the only ones who can develop runner’s knee. In fact, it’s a common problem among a good majority of the population due to a variety of factors. Before you can get treatment, however, you have to get a firm diagnosis. Then you can receive the appropriate runner’s knee treatment from a joint doctor with years of experience. The knee specialists at the Spine & Rehab Group know the right questions to ask and the right tests to run to determine that the cause of your pain is runner’s knee. Don’t hesitate to call for an appointment.

What Is Runner’s Knee?

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Runner’s knee, sometimes referred to as patellofemoral pain syndrome, causes pain around and under your kneecap, called the patella. This condition affects people across all ages, although it’s more common in active adults. Runner’s knee describes a broad range of symptoms in the front, or anterior, part of the knee. The pain may be caused by a variety of knee problems.

The patellofemoral joint is a critical component of your knee joint. Your kneecap sits on a saddle joint, allowing it to slide along the femur during knee movement. You use this joint when walking on an incline, climbing and multiple other knee movements. An injury to this joint can cause pain and mobility issues that stop you from doing everyday tasks.

Runner’s knee affects your movements and quality of life. The experienced team at the Spine & Rehab Group in New York City and northern New Jersey, led by board-certified, Harvard trained Dr. Amr Hosny, diagnose and treat a comprehensive range of back pain, spine problems, knee injuries, sports injuries and other painful conditions.

Does Runner’s Knees Affect Athletes Only?

The term runner’s knee implies this is a problem only for runners or athletes. But there are other causes of pressure on the patella that leads to pain, including:

During your consultation, a joint doctor looks at your medical history and carries out tests to evaluate the condition of your knee. The report from these findings, in conjunction with a medical history and an understanding of your lifestyle, helps your physician determine how to fix your runner’s knee.

Our Board certified doctors Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
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David Chu, MD, FAAPMR
David Chu, MD, FAAPMR
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Vivek Mehta, MD, FAAPMR Board Certified Interventional Spine Medicine
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Deepali Gupta, MD, DABA, DABPM Board Certified Interventional Spine Specialist
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What Are the Risk Factors for Runner’s Knee?

Any exercises that lead to overuse of the knee joint increases your risk of runner’s knee. Runners are most at risk of developing the condition, which affects up to 15 percent of this category of athletes at some point in their running careers. Other risk factors include:

If you’re at risk and you’ve experienced some nagging knee pain, it’s possible that you have runner’s knee. The pain doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group in NYC and NJ have the best equipment for a quick and correct diagnosis. If you have runner’s knee, they provide effective, non-surgical treatment.

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I came to the spine and rehab group for my back and leg pain. I was able to get an appointment the same day I called. The staff was very friendly and courteous. The doctors were very knowledgeable and took time to explain what was causing my pain and answer all my questions. I felt comfortable having my procedure done in their state of the art surgery center, where the staff made you feel at ease. They are very easy to reach and available to answer all your questions.

Narendra G.

The entire staff at The Spine & Rehab group is great. They are so helpful and kind. The doctors really take time to talk to their patients and answer any and all of the questions that I had. I've had office visits and procedures done and everyone to the front desk, to the nurses. and the doctors were just great and knowledgeable. They really got me feeling better as well. Since I starting going there my pain has improved greatly! I would recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to everyone!

Carmen C.

The Spine & Rehab Group is my go to place for chronic pain. The doctors are compassionate and supportive. The nurses and staff are professional and so caring. I have been a patient here for almost 10 years . The doctors and physician assistant are extremely knowledgeable and always looking for the best way to help with my chronic pain! I always recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to people dealing with pain, I even tell my other doctors what wonderful doctors they are.

Val B.

These days it’s hard to find a professional, yet extremely caring physicians office, particularly in the field of Pain Management. Dr. Hosny, Dr. Chu, physician’s assistant Summer and the entire staff have managed to make this happen. Robin helped me many times with insurance to ensure that I got my shots in a timely manner (Hi Robin!). I’ve been going to this office for about three years and I couldn’t be more pleased!


I went to Dr. Hosny with lower back pain. I spend many hours sitting in a truck for my job. After an hour or so I would get pain in my back. Since I am a truck driver, pain killers were not an option for me. After a few sessions with Dr. Hosny, I am pain free. The staff at New Jersey Pain Care Center and are wonderful and caring people. I would recommend anyone go to Dr. Hosny if they want real results.


I had gone to Dr. Hosny with severe back pain after spinal surgery. It was debilitating pain that stopped me from being able to function normally. Dr. Hosny suggested that I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in my back. It is the best thing I EVER did. I am so excited to be able to return to my normal life with no medication. My experience at the pain center was wonderful. The nurses were very understanding and kind.


I have had back surgeries that provided me no relief from my pain. After a few treatments with Dr. Hosny, I have almost no discomfort. I have no need for my pain medication anymore, and have been able to go back to working out and enjoying activities with my family. I was pleasantly surprised at the treatment I received at New Jersey Pain Care Center. The staff is very nice, and treats you with respect. The facility is clean, bright and everything is brand new.


I had been having pain in my neck for many years. I had been to other doctors and they all recommended that I have surgery. I was hesitant to get surgery, so I wanted one more opinion. I had a friend tell me about Dr. Hosny and New Jersey Pain Care Center. From the moment I met Dr. Hosny I knew he wasn’t your average doctor. He took the time to listen to my concerns about surgery, and he agreed. After my cervical radiofrequency, I have full range of motion back in my neck, and best of all, no pain.

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Is My Knee Pain Due to Runner’s Knee?

Many people ignore knee pain or try home-based pain management remedies, but this may only exacerbate the knee damage. You may have runner’s knee if you experience symptoms that include:

While these are signs of runner’s knee, the doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group recommend tests to rule out other knee injuries and conditions that cause knee pain, such as:

How Do Doctors Treat Runner’s Knee?

After a diagnosis, your doctor determines how to treat your runner’s knee. Some effective runner’s knee treatment options include:

The team at the Spine & Rehab Group leverages the latest diagnostic tests and medical technology. They know how to heal runner’s knee. These doctors are specialists in spine and joint conditions that cause you pain. Contact the team today to get the best treatment for your painful knee. With three locations in New York City and five more across Bergen County, Morris County and Union County, New Jersey, you can find one near you.

Page Updated on Jun 17, 2022 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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