Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Runner's World: Hip Weakness and Knee Pain

by ALEX HUTCHINSON (RUNNER'S WORLD)

[ Runners who experience knee pain may need to look to their hips to find the source of that pain. Runner's World helps explain why. – The Opedix Editors]

If you've got knee pain, you might need to strengthen your hips. That's an increasingly common prescription these days, thanks to a bunch of research over the past decade or so linking conditions like runner's knee (also known as patellofemoral pain, or PFP) and more recently iliotibial band syndrome to sub-par hip strength. But there's a key question lurking behind these studies: do you develop knee pain because your hips are weak, or do your hips get weak because your knees hurt and you're forced to alter your movement patterns? [READ THE FULL STORY HERE]

Visit Runners' World and see more articles by Alex Hutchinson in his column Sweat Science.