How soon can I return to running after a knee injury?

How soon you can resume running after a knee injury entirely depends on how serious the damage was and how quickly you’ve recovered. The more serious the damage, the longer you’ll be out of the sport. Running too soon while you’re still recovering can make knee pain worse and delay your return.

Other factors can play a role as well, though. Your general fitness, your experience as a runner, and your ability to cross-train can affect how soon and how well you can jump into your regular routines. The fitter and more experienced you are, and the more training you’re able to do while you heal, the sooner you’ll be able to get back to your regular jog.

In general, you should be able to return to the sport once your knee pain is largely gone when you’re active. Dr. Jennifer Molner should be able to help you decide when it’s safe. Even as you start up again, remember to take it slow and be careful. If you notice any increase in joint discomfort, slow down and go back to walking. Let Castle Pines Physical Therapy help you manage your recovery. Call (303) 805-5156 to make an appointment. 

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC