Runner's Knee
Treatment In Singapore

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MSS (Sports Medicine) (USA)

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GDOM (Singapore)

DWD (Singapore)



Runner’s Knee, medically known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a condition characterized by pain around the kneecap (patella). It’s common among runners, hence the name, but it can also affect other athletes who do activities that put repetitive stress on the knee joint.


Causes of Runner's Knee

  • Overuse: Repeated bending of the knee can lead to irritation under the kneecap and cause pain.
  • Direct trauma to the kneecap: A fall or blow to the kneecap can lead to Runner’s Knee.
  • Misalignment: If the bones from your hips to your ankles are not aligned properly, this can distribute your weight unevenly throughout your knee, causing pain.
  • Problems with the feet: Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, can contribute to Runner’s Knee by affecting the alignment of your legs.

Symptoms of Runner's Knee

The symptoms of Runner’s Knee include the following:

  • Pain behind or around the kneecap
  • Pain when bending the knee
  • Pain that’s worsened by prolonged sitting and downhill running
  • Swelling
  • Popping or grinding sensation in the knee

Diagnosis of Runner's Knee

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    Physical examination

    Your doctor will examine your knee, looking for tenderness, swelling, and alignment issues. They may also ask you to squat, walk, jump, or do other movements to see what causes pain.

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    Imaging tests

    X-rays can show if your kneecap is misaligned and if you have arthritis. An MRI can provide a more detailed look at the soft tissues of your knee and can help detect a tear in the cartilage.

Minimally Invasive Treatments We Use To Treat
Runner's Knee


An injection that alleviates pain and inflammation associated with musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis and joint pain.

Targeted pain relief in the administered area and reduced inflammation.

Little to no recovery time. Patients may resume their normal activities promptly.

Works well in chronically injured tissues which may have very slow recovery

Anti-inflammatory and regenerative effects

Little or no downtime and patients can walk out after the 30 min procedure

Restores the physiologic viscoelasticity in the synovial fluid (SF) in the absence of inflammation

Nonoperative and FDA-approved treatment for arthritis of the knee

Results usually last for 2 - 3 months. In some cases, the relief can last for 6 - 12 months

Treats flare-ups of OA pain and swelling with fluid buildup in the knee

Reduces inflammation in the joint

Can quickly relieve these symptoms, usually within 1-3 days

Uses low-level light to stimulate healing. Does not cause your tissues to heat up. LLLT is used to treat various musculoskeletal conditions, reduce inflammation, and promote wound healing.

Painless, Quick, Effective, and No downtime. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately after an LLLT session.


Dr Chiam Tut Fu image

MBBS (Singapore)

MSS (Sports Medicine) (USA)

MMed (OM) (Singapore)

GDOM (Singapore)

DWD (Singapore)

Dr Chiam is a MOH accredited Specialist in Sports Medicine and has practised medicine for over 30 years.

Dr Chiam Tut Fu obtained his MBBS from National University of Singapore in 1990. He went on to obtain his Masters in Sports Science (Sports Medicine) from the United States Sports Academy, graduating as the year’s outstanding student, and Masters of Medicine (Occupational Medicine) from the National University of Singapore.

Key Interests:
  • Non-surgical treatment of sports injuries
  • Non-surgical treatment of degenerative conditions
  • Nutraceuticals for healthy ageing and exercise performance

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can Runner's Knee heal on its own?

    Mild cases of Runner’s Knee may improve with rest and self-care measures. However, persistent or severe pain should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.

    How long does it take to recover from Runner's Knee?

    Recovery time varies depending on the severity of the injury and the individual’s overall health. It can range from a few weeks to several months.

    Can you still run with Runner's Knee?

    It’s generally advised to avoid activities that cause pain. Once treatment has started and pain has decreased, you can gradually return to running.

    What happens if Runner's Knee is not treated?

    Untreated Runner’s Knee can lead to chronic knee pain and possible damage to the knee joint.

    How can I prevent Runner's Knee?

    Prevention strategies include regular strength training and flexibility exercises, wearing appropriate footwear, and avoiding overuse of the knee.