What is the Pain Behind My Knees When I Run?

Dr. Charles Preston of Golden State Orthopedics & Spine talks about pain behind the knees when running.
Question: What is the pain behind my knees when I run?
Answer: Serious knee pain should be evaluated in person, but a common cause of anterior knee pain is patellofemoral pain syndrome. This is also known as runners knee and is usually described as pain behind the kneecap. This pain can come from overuse or muscular imbalance in the acute stage. It is best treated with anti-inflammatory medications and ice, though taping and bracing may also be helpful. There are stretching and strengthening exercises as well as cross-training options that can be helpful in decreasing pain and also preventing recurrence.