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Knee pain during jogging

I am 21-year-old female student. I used to be quite active. I jogged or did sports quite regularly, at least 2~3 times a week. But I stopped doing so about 2months ago since there is a major exam coming. Thus I have been very inactive during the last 2 months.

Yesterday, I went for a jog for the first time in last 2months. I had only started jogging for about 100metres when I felt this sharp pain in front of my knee around my knee cap area on both sides. I thought nothing of it and continued another hundred or two meters but the pain didn't go away. It is not very severe (about 4~5 on 1-10scale) but I'm worried because I have never had such pain before.

I'm worried it might be something serious and it would prevent me from doing sports in the future. Please advise on whether I should go see a doctor immediately... or wait and observe what happens. Thanks!
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700223 tn?1318165694
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The most frequent causes of running injuries arise from what is known as "training errors".  These include poor running shoes, poor running surfaces or terrain, and rapid excessive increases in milage or speed.  Any, or all of these, may have been a factor in your recent episode.  If so, a short rest, ice, and careful return to activity should suffice.

You have not given a history of injury, either recent or remote, so I assume this is not a factor. In addition, there is no mention of swelling, limitted motion, or deformity.  However, I am concerned that your pain is continuing, despite that fact that it seems to be tolerable.

If your pain does not resolve after several days rest, or if it worsens, or if it goes away and then returns when you attempt to run again, you should seek medical attention.  Good Luck!
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Now that you mentioned it Doctor, I had a history of trauma of my left knee. About 6years ago, I fell while climbing the stairs and my patella hit the edge of the step pretty hard. I had an X-ray but the doctor said no fracture. But I still had to rest and take it easy for about 3months.

The injury had never caused any trouble before now though.
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700223 tn?1318165694
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At that time, you may have injured the cartilage behind the patella, and over time this condition may have worsened.  If so you have developed a sort of post traumatic chondromalacia patella. Or, it may be completely unrelated.  In any case, I think a thorough examination including X-rays and possibly MRI is probably in order.
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499207 tn?1210627255
Hello, Pain associated with chondromalacia patella would also be exacerbated with sitting with knees in a flexion position aka 90 degress to the hip after long peroids of time such as at the cinema. As a possible cause, malt-traction of the patella tendon associated with weakness in thr VMO.

Regards

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