fbpx

Knee Pain Demystified: Is it Runners Knee or IT Band Syndrome?

 

Frustrated runner with knee pain and you’re not sure if you have Runner’s Knee or IT Band Syndrome?

 

If you get achy knee pain in the front of your knee cap running up hills, going down stairs, squatting, and now it is starting to hurt when you stand up after sitting at your desk for a couple of hours then this episode is for you!

 

If you get sharp pain on the outside of your knee especially when you run downhill…this deep dive on knee pain for runners is for you.

 

In this episode, I am going to unravel the mystery of whether your knee pain with running is due to Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Iliotibial Band Syndrome!

 

Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!

 

 

Watch the LIVE video version of this episode below on Youtube!

 

I cover all this and more:

 

– Is it Runner’s Knee or IT Band Syndrome

– What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

– Where would runner’s knee hurt

– What does IT Band Syndrome Feel Like

– How does IT band syndrome start

– Is heel strike causing my knee pain

– Single best exercise for knee pain while running

 

There are six parts of your running journey that need to be optimized so you can run strong and last long without knee pain! Learn them here

 

Want Dr. Duane to answer your question on the podcast?  Submit questions here

 

Resources Mentioned:

[Download] Runner Knee Free Guide

 

 

[Download] IT Band Syndrome Free Guide

 

Listen to episode 117 on how do I know if my running form is bad

 

Want the structured strength, nutrition, and run plan with motivation and accountability to reach your highest running potential without knee pain? Book a call and learn more about Healthy Runner coaching here 

 

This Episode Sponsored By: 

A big thanks to the Amino Company for your support for this episode!

If you have heard from any of the runners who have overcome their stubborn running injury, I always recommend they supplement our training with HEAL from the Amino Company.

 

Heal is an amino acid, whey and creatine based formulation designed to reduce recovery times and improve physical function after injuries by accelerating muscle repair while helping maintain a healthy inflammatory response.

 

Click HERE to be directed to the discount page!

 

Connect with Dr. Duane:

Dr. Duane Scotti, DPT, PhD, OCS is a running physical therapist, run coach, host of the Healthy Runner podcast, and founder of Spark Healthy Runner and has been a leader in the rehab and running community for 20+ years.

 

Duane initially started running as an adult, wanting to add some cardio to his gym sessions. After having a hip surgery, his doctor advised him to get off the treadmill and run outside. Without having fully recovered, Duane suffered a running-related hamstring tendon injury and many others as a novice runner.

 

As a coach, he has guided thousands of athletes back to running, finishing their first marathon, crushing a personal best, and even the elusive Boston Marathon qualifying time.

 

He is truly living his passion educating the running community that they don’t need to stop running to get over a running injury.  Through his signature 1:1 coaching program, weekly videos, and podcast episodes, he empowers runners to get stronger, run faster, and enjoy lifelong injury free running.  Dr. Duane truly believes that anyone can run and that all runners should be treated differently when recovering from an injury.  He is on a mission to change the traditional thinking that running causes “overuse injuries” or “your body is just not meant to run” and you must “take a break” to get better.  Through strength and run specific training you can grow a strong mind, strong body, and just keep running!

 

Duane received his Bachelor of Health Science degree and Master of Physical Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University in 2001 and 2003. He then went on to receive a clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2017. Duane is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, RRCA Certified Running Coach, Certified Mulligan Practitioner, certified in dry needling and has advanced training in spinal manipulation and rehabilitation for runners.

 

As an athlete, Duane is an adult-onset runner, avid half marathoner, and enjoys challenging himself to learn and grow in his personal running journey!

 

A native New Yorker from Long Island, Duane currently lives in Cheshire, Connecticut with his wife Deb and his two teenage daughters who are competitive volleyball players.  They all love to explore new beaches along the east coast.

 

 

 

Get weekly running tips on the Healthy Runner Podcast…available wherever you get your podcasts!

Related posts

How to Overcome Hamstring Injuries as a Runner
12.04.2022

Hamstring injuries can be frustrating for many runners because it not only affects your long runs and speed but also limits your ability to sit during your work day!  The worst part about high hamstring tendinosis is that most medical practitioners don’t know how to treat proximal hamstring tendinopathy and most of what you will… View ArticleRead More

Finding Gratitude Through Running Injury
06.04.2023

  ​​If you are an often-injured runner or if you just suffered your first injury that has put you on the sidelines after years of being a durable runner you will want to listen to this story to provide you the inspiration you need!   Stefanie Flippin is a professional ultrarunner at lululemon, coach, and… View ArticleRead More

What Nutrition is Needed for Runners
04.16.2022

What are macros and how do they fit into a runner’s diet?  We are talking about the basics of nutrition for running with registered dietitian Brooke Czarnecki on the Healthy Runner Podcast. Brooke is our healthy runner go to expert when it comes to running nutrition and she will discuss how carbohydrates, proteins, and fats… View ArticleRead More

“I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude towards Duane Scotti and the Spark Healthy Runner program. When I started working with Duane, I had been dealing with chronic shin splints/posterior tibialis tendinitis for almost a year.

I had worked with multiple other coaches and physical therapists with little success and was at the point of almost giving up on my love for running. Duane is so kind, thoughtful and knowledgeable as both a physical therapist and running coach. Our first virtual meeting lasted two hours because he was so meticulous in his assessment. His strength and running program is progressive and created so that you can continue to build strength and mileage as you heal. His strength program is unique, effective, and fun.

Additionally, his warm-up routine is awesome and includes drills that over time have made me a more efficient runner. His training platform is easy to use, and he is always readily available to chat when problems or questions arise.

Over four months of working with Duane, I have built back to five days a week of running and am almost back up to my pre-injury weekly mileage and long run distance. Whenever I have flare ups or setbacks, Duane reassures me and makes necessary adjustments so that I can continue to progress in my running journey. I have had so much success with him so far that I have signed on for four more months so that he can help me to continue getting stronger as I train for the Dopey challenge in Disney World.

If you are struggling with a running injury and are feeling hopeless, you have to reach out to Duane Scotti. Of course, you will have to put in a lot of hard work, but with Duane by your side, you will be able to achieve your goals and more. Thank you Spark Healthy Runner for bringing the spark back to my running!”

Dipti Pandya

You can teach an old dog new tricks!!!  I have never considered myself a runner and I knew I needed to be smart about it because I am no spring chicken. Spark preached getting strong and healthy to be injury free and they practice what they preach.  I am soooo glad I made the investment in me!  I finished my half marathon last weekend and couldn’t be any happier!  The program fed me all the steps I needed to essentially learn how to run long distance, build strength, nutrition help, a forum of other runners and probably most important was the 1:1 coaching.  I had no idea how to tackle training for a 1/2 marathon and this program broke all of it down, had it individualized for me and we tweaked as we went to make sure I was staying healthy and strong.  I had so many questions the week prior to my race and Coach Cat was always there for me and answering all the questions and issues I had-and believe me there were a lot!  The biggest benefit I think I got was the strength. I am strong and fit. But most important was what I gained emotionally.  I built confidence and strength I didn’t know I had, even at my age.  Honestly could not have done this without Spark Healthy Runners!

Gina J.

My Healthy Runner journey started after I had battled bilateral achilles pain for a few months and was frustrated how it affected my running. As soon as I talked to Duane I knew I had made the right decision. His positivity, enthusiasm and genuine care are infectious. The training plan that was tailored to me included specific exercises to rehab my injury and I was so excited that I didn’t have to stop running. It took patience to only run slow for a few weeks but I trusted the process and it got me me to where I am now: running pain free. We made adjustments to the plan throughout whenever needed having someone in your corner that is always there with guidance and support throughout the process was invaluable.

I just ran my second half marathon, both with Duane’s coaching, and PR’d by over 9 minutes! I got all choked up in the last mile when I realized that I felt strong and could still kick it up a notch.

I’m so thankful for the Healthy Runner program, community and the entire coaching team for all the support!

Katja L.

Sign up for our weekly blog and podcast in order to help you maintain a strong mind, strong body, & just keep running!