Homeopathic medicines for runner’s knee

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Runners knee refers to pain around the kneecap (patella). It is also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome. The name runners knee doesnt mean it only affects those who do excessive running though it predisposes them to this condition. It can affect anyone who does any sort of repeated activities that tend to put excessive and repetitive stress on the knee joint. It can arise from irritation of the lining of the knee, wearing out of knee cartilage or over strained tendons in the knee. Homeopathic medicines for runner’s knee effectively manage pain and swelling in the knee in these cases.

Homeopathic medicines for runner’s knee

The activities like running, jumping, cycling, skiing that put repetitive stress on the knee joint can lead to runners knee. It is more common in females as compared to males. People who are overweight are also at risk of this condition. It may arise from overuse of the knee, an injury / trauma/ fall or direct blow on the knee, fracture of the knee cap, dislocation of the kneecap. Next reasons are weak / tight thigh muscles, kneecap being too high in the knee joint, tight achilles tendon (a thick and strong tissue band that attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone) and arthritis (joint inflammation.)


The main symptom of runner’s knee is pain around or behind the kneecap especially where it joins the lower end of the thigh bone (femur). This pain may be felt while walking, running, ascending / descending stairs and when squatting. Apart from pain, the knee can also be swollen and tender to touch. In addition to this popping or cracking sound of the kneecap can appear when a person bends and straightens the knee.

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Homeopathic Medicines for Runner’s Knee

Runner’s knee can be effectively managed in homeopathy. Homeopathic medicines treat the root cause behind it to bring natural relief in symptoms. The medicine to manage it is of natural origin so doesn’t have any sort of side effects. 

  1. Rhus Tox – Top Grade Medicine

Rhus Tox is a natural homeopathic medicine to manage these cases. Persons needing it have pain in the knee which may be tearing or stitching type. They mostly have worsening of pain when at rest. They get relief by movement and massage over the knee. The pain is attended with swelling and stiffness of the knee. The knee also feels tensed and tight. The knee may also feel heavy. Sometimes a burning sensation is felt in the knee joint. Rhus Tox is very helpful when a runner’s knee arises from various reasons that include overuse of the knee, an injury, trauma or repetitive stress on the knee joint, tight thigh muscles and arthritis.

  1. Apis Mellifica – For Managing Knee Swelling 

Apis Mellifica is very effective to manage swelling of the knee. The knee is intensely swollen and sensitive where Apis is required. Pain is also present in the knee. The pain is mostly shooting or stinging in nature. The knee pain worsens from touch and pressure. Sometimes burning sensation is also felt in the knee with above symptoms.

  1. Bryonia – When Motion of the Knee is Painful

Homeopathic medicine Bryonia is prepared from the root of a plant Bryonia alba having common name wild hops and white bryony. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. Its use is considered when knee pain appears from slightest motion of the knee. The pain may be drawing, shooting or stitching in nature. The knee is also red, swollen, tender and painful to touch. Relief in pain appears from taking rest and from warm applications 

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  1. Arnica – When it Follows Injury / Trauma

Homeopathic medicine Arnica is prepared from the root of a plant Arnica Montana. This plant belongs to family compositae. Arnica is a very beneficial medicine when this condition follows injury / trauma. The persons requiring this medicine mainly feel pain in the knee. The pain is a sore bruised type. They fear to touch the knee due to excessive pain in it. Knee is also swollen in them. Sometimes they feel as if their knee is dislocated. Another symptom that they may have is weakness in the knee.

  1. Ruta – From Knee Injury or Over Strained Tendons of Knee

Homeopathic medicine Ruta is prepared from plant Ruta graveolens commonly known by the name of garden rue and bitterwort. This plant belongs to family rutaceae. This medicine like Arnica is very helpful to manage such cases arising from injury to knee or over straining of tendons of knee. It is given when a person has sore bruised pain in the knee. Along with this the knee also feels weak. The knee and thigh muscles also feel contracted. There appears difficulty in bending the knee joint. 

  1. Calcarea Carb – For Cracking Sound in Knee on Walking 

Calcarea Carb is used in these cases when cracking sound appears from knee on walking. Along with this knee is painful. The pain in the knee may be drawing, tearing or stitching in nature. Swelling and heat is also there in the knee. Knee also feels weak with the above symptoms.  

  1. Ledum Pal – When Knee Pain is Worse while Walking

Homeopathic medicine Ledum Pal is prepared from plant Ledum Palustre commonly known as wild rosemary and marsh tea. This plant belongs to family ericaceae. This medicine is useful for managing pain in the knee felt while walking. The pain for using Ledum Pal is mostly tearing in nature. The pain may extend down the leg from the knee. Relief in the pain is felt with cold applications. Cracking sounds appear from the knee joint when walking. Along with this swelling and stiffness in the knee is also present.

  1. Benzoic Acid – For Pain in Right Knee

This medicine works well in case of pain in the right knee. Along with pain, swelling in the right knee is present. Cracking in the knee joint is also felt. Sometimes coldness is felt in the knees. For using it the knee pain is mostly drawing type.

  1. Calcarea Phos – When Knee Pain is Worse at Night

It is very beneficial medicine when knee pain is worse at night. Knee is also swollen. Its use is also considered when knee pain is worse while walking. Knees feel sore or as if sprained while walking. Lastly it is used when knee pain gets worse from stretching the leg. 

  1. Causticum – For Knee Pain Arising After Exertion 

Causticum is helpful medicine when knee pain worsens after exertion. For using it the knee pain can be drawing or tearing in nature. Along with pain cracking sound in the knee appears when walking. While walking the hollow of the knee may also feel stiff. Sometimes a sensation as if tendons of the knee are short attends above symptoms.

  1. Salicylic Acid – When Knee Pain is Better by Heat

This medicine is valuable to treat cases in which knee pain is better by heat. In cases needing it the knee is also sore and swollen. Heated sensation in the knee is present. The knee pain is piercing. Motion also worsens the knee pain where it is required.

  1. Kali Carb – For Tearing Pain in Knee

This medicine is very effective for cases of tearing knee pain in the knee. The pain can be felt while walking or when extending the leg. Along with this there is difficulty for going upstairs and down stairs from knee complaints.

  1. Iodum – For Knee Pain While Standing

Iodum is a useful medicine for cases in which knee pain is felt while standing. Other than this it is also felt from slight motion and least pressure. The pain in the knee can be shooting or stitching type. Swelling also appears on the knee. The knee is red, hot with the above symptoms.

  1. Lithium Carb – When Knee Pain Arise on Going up Stairs

Lithium Carb is well indicated in persons who feel knee pain when going up stairs. A burning sensation can attend the knee pain. Weakness in the knee may also be felt with these symptoms.

  1. Pulsatilla – For Pain and Swelling of Knees

This medicine is prepared from plant Pulsatilla Nigricans commonly known as wind flower and pasque flower. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. It is very helpful for managing pain and swelling of knees. For using it the pain can be drawing, tearing or shooting type. Cracking sound in the knees is also present while motion. Sometimes the knee feels stiff. Another symptom is tensed feeling in the hollow of knees.

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