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I will try and keep it short. Basically about a month ago had pain on lateral side of left knee that felt sharp to the point where I had to take two weeks off. Pain subsided so went back to it only to pull up short half a mile on first run back with clicking/snapping feeling in same spot mid run. Physically couldnt walk for 2 days and couldn't bend knee, swelling on left side. Fast forward 4 weeks and whilst it is a lot better knee is still painful to touch on lateral side right next to knee cap and right under knee on patella tendon. Been to hospital they think its patella tendonitis and have had x-ray examination by knee specialist but no mri. I know I need to listen to them but have had friends who run and had tendonitis and haven't had the burning pain on lateral side of knee only patella tendon. So any advice would be appreciated cheers.
 

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Try consulting a reputable sports physio.

I had a problem with thigh pain and was told by the doctor to basically rest and stop running for a few weeks, I went to a physio and was given a massage and some exercises and I was back to running in 2 days. YMMV.
 

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I echo double5's comment about seeing a physio, they may have advice on other muscles to work on. For example I had an injury in my groin/hip and the physio suggested using resistance bands to strengthen my glutes because I sit at a desk all day. Although I am far from being an expert or that experienced, I understand that running doesn't work all of the muscles we need to run as there are various others that support our knees, hips, etc which can get strained. Good luck!
 

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You must first consult to doctor. If everything is okay, then you must consider buying the right running shoes to get in the good postures. As knee pain can cause to any advance runner and beginner as well.

So, if you want to look at different shoes, then you may hop over here.
 
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