The Runners Knee or anterior knee pain syndrome is a very common cause of pain in the front of your knee. Runners of all ages can suffer from a runners knee. A classic runners knee causes pain in the front of your knee. The pain occurs during the run and can be worse with hills and speed.
It is well known that imaging (MRI) of a knee with anterior knee pain syndrome will not show anything. The hallmark of anterior knee pain syndrome or a runners knee is that there are no structural abnormalities. If an abnormality shows up on your MRI then it’s either not the cause of your pain, or you don’t have a classic runners knee.
Most of you with a runners knee will be found to have a weak core and weak hip abductors and pelvic stabilizers. Many of you will respond to exercises meant to strengthen your core (planks), and your gluteus medius and your posterior chain (hamstring/hip extensors)