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Guard against runner's knee

Homoeopathy offers good remedies for that lingering pain in the kneecap

A SPORTSMAN'S career is short and 30 is considered a good age for retirement. It is in this short phase that they want to be on top and leave an indelible impact on the generations to come. An Ivan Lendl's tenacity, Boris Becker's reflexes at the net, Carl Lewis's fluid motion past the tape, feline grace of our own P.T. Usha and scintillating drives of the one and only Tendulkar are all a timeless treat to watch and give us a reason to smile.

Sport involving running and jumping puts a massive stress on the kneecap and when coupled with imbalance of muscle strength, it leads to reduced flexibility and runner's knee. Our kneecap has a cushioning behind preventing friction against the thigh bone during movement and a quadriceps muscle on the top helping to retain its position. Sometimes, undue and awkward movements during play can cause the knee to bend inwards leading to the kneecap or patella to change its position resulting in grinding against the thigh bone, loss of cushioning and the continuous breakdown leads to crack or tear thereby causing dull, aching pain while movement. Flexibility becomes restricted and activity is curtailed due to the pain.

Sportsmen with this problem need to give it rest for a few weeks. To prevent further damage, they should avoid running and more so downhill, wear arched shoes, and avoid heeled shoes.

To keep themselves fit, they can do non weight bearing exercises like swimming, rowing and cycling.

Homoeopathic medicine has remedies to do away with the inflammation and help prevent further degenerative changes in the kneecap or patella. Apis Mel and Merc Sol relieve acute and chronic inflammation respectively when associated with swelling due to oozing of synovial fluid in the joints as a defensive reaction and pain is usually worse at night. Rhus Tox and Ruta are prescribed when the pain has occurred due to inadequate warm up before the game leading to pain as the muscle also gets affected if inflammation is not healed. Calc Flour is a remedy for runner's knee due to chronic synovial inflammation. With knee strengthening exercise, Homoeopathic medicine is the best bet to relieve the runner's knee.

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Dr. Venugopal Gouri

Tel: 92463-72625

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