Iliotibial Band Syndrome
This condition is the leading cause of lateral knee pain in runners, especially slower "joggers."

The pain usually develops 10-15 minutes into the workout. You may sometimes feel or hear a click during movement. Symptoms generally ease at rest. Running on slick "wintry" surfaces may aggravate the condition. Excessively worn running shoes may be a culprit.

This problem is commonly caused by weakness in your gluteal muscles. When these muscles are weak, the muscle that attaches to your iliotibial band must contract harder to stabilize your hip. Having one leg longer than another is a known aggravating factor.

Knee Sprain
Most knee sprains begin as the result of a sudden stop, twist, or blow from the side or front.

Most knee sprains can be successfully managed without surgery but will require some work on your part. Initially, a period of rest may be necessary in order to help you heal. Mild Grade I sprains may return to activity in a couple of days, while more severe injuries may take six weeks or longer to recover.

Meniscus Injury
The meniscus is a piece of tough, smooth, rubbery cartilage in the middle of your knee.

Tears may occur at any age. In children and adolescents, the menisci are more durable and rubbery, so most injures are "traumatic" as a result of a forceful twisting injury. As we age, our meniscus grows weaker, and "degenerative" tears become more likely, often resulting from simple or even unrecognized injuries.

Although some meniscus injuries may require surgery, most can be treated conservatively with the type of treatments provided in our office.  Surgery is necessary more often in patients who cannot fully bend or straighten their leg, or whose knee locks and gets stuck in one place.

Patients who have undergone surgical repair of their meniscus are more likely to develop arthritis. These patients will also benefit from a well-planned home exercise program.

Patellar/ Quadriceps Tendinopathy
Patellar tendinopathy is common, affecting almost 20% of all athletes with a rate as high as 50% in sports that require repetitive forceful jumping, like basketball and volleyball.

Patellar tendinopathy is treatable. Patients who follow a well-planned strengthening program show similar outcomes to those who have undergone surgery for the problem. Initially, you may need to decrease your training intensity to help protect your knee. You should stay away from activities that produce more than mild pain. You should avoid complete rest, as this could actually increase your risk of recurrence.