Common Knee Injuries for Runners [Video]

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About the video: What are common knee injuries for runners?

It’s very common for runners to experience similar injuries because of the mechanics of running and the impact to the body. The knees are especially prone to injury. Listen to Summit Orthopedics’ experts share some common knee injuries in runners. Awareness is your first step to preventing these injuries. Featuring sports medicine physicians and avid runners, Angela Voight, MD, and Kirk Scofield, MD.

Meet Dr. Angela Voight

Dr. Voight’s approach:“My goal is to help people return to the activities they love as quickly and safely as possible. I want patients to feel like they are well cared for, that their concerns are heard, and that we work together to find the best treatment plan.”

Dr. Voight’s education: Dr. Voight received her undergraduate degree from Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minnesota and University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota and her residency with St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program connected to the University of Minnesota. Additionally, she completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of California in San Diego, California. A fellowship is the highest level of advanced professional training for physicians.

Meet Dr. Kirk Scofield

Dr. Scofield’s education: Dr. Scofield completed his undergraduate studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He attended medical school and received his degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. His residency was at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado. He completed his fellowship in primary care sports medicine from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A fellowship is the highest level of advanced professional training for physicians.

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From Olympians to pro athletes to youth sports and those that just want to be more active – Summit Orthopedics delivers expert care by fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians. If you are recently injured or concerned about ongoing pain, Summit Orthopedics sports medicine specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely help you get back to being active.

Start your journey to a more active self: Find your sports medicine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at 651-968-5201 to schedule a sports medicine consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as several additional community clinics.

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Video Transcription:

Angela Voight, M.D.: Common injuries that I see with runners are almost always in the lower extremity, so it mainly involves the hips, the knees, the ankles, and the feet. I think knees tend to be injured very frequently, and that can be kneecap pain, like patellofemoral pain, which is also called runner’s knee. That’s a common one. You can have IT band injuries and patellar tendonitis. I see a lot of problems with the Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia. And then, stress fractures or stress reactions in the legs is really common. And then, people will have a lot of problems with their hamstrings and hip flexors and glute issues and low back pain, so it generally involves the lower extremities and it tends to involve some area of weakness or some area of asymmetry that will cause a lot of these overused lower extremity injuries. And they’re also usually due to changes in training or increasing training too quickly, too soon.

Kirk Scofield, M.D.: One of the things that can really help with a number of running injuries is to have a running analysis, a video analysis of your running style in which our physical therapists videotape you running in a number of different … from the back, from the front, from the side, and then can go over that video footage with you and help to give you pointers about differences you can make in your stride that can help to increase your efficiency and reduce your risk of injury.

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