Knee and hip pain are two common problems experienced by many runners. While many treatments are advertised, the problem is, most of them do not work if the mechanism behind how you run is weak and constantly breaking down.
Sure, you may wear your foot orthotics, and foam roll, but is it enough? Runners World offers some helpful advice on strengthening the hips and legs to help you avoid knee and leg pain during or after your run.
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Strong Hips Relieve Knee Pain
A new analysis further links weakness in the hips to injury.
Struggling with knee pain? For relief, consider aiming higher. Rehab routines that incorporate the hip—as opposed to the knee alone—appear to work better for combating runner’s knee, according to a new research review published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
British and Australian scientists analyzed 14 previous studies of people with patellofemoral pain, the official name for the ache in the front of the knee that strikes many runners. Participants whose programs included moves to build strength, endurance, and activation in the muscles around the hip had less knee pain and improved joint function when compared with those whose therapy focused on the quadriceps muscles alone.