Do you have:
- anterior knee pain
- patellofemoral syndrome
- knee strain
- Jumper’s knee
- patellar tendonitis
- knee pain
- patellar compression syndrome
- Do your knees hurt when you bend to sit down or stand up?
- Are you an athlete whose knees hurt after a certain number of miles of activity?
The knee is a deceptively simple joint. After all it just bends and straightens, right? Wrong. Because of the unique shape of the end of the leg bone (pictured here), the knee also rotates as it bends and straightens. This is where the knee gets into trouble. Why? Because there are no muscles in the knee that control rotation. All of them are found in the pelvis. This contributes to knee dysfunction and the diagnoses listed above.
The other area affecting the knee is the foot and ankle, which usually have their own problems. So the knee is essentially stuck between a rock and a hard place. Often many practitioners believe knee pain stems from a problem of the knee cap not moving correctly. Their solution is to strengthen one of the quadriceps muscles, the VMO (vastus medialis oblique), but this is rarely helpful. Mostly because it is already strong enough and it is not the source of the problem. To understand why chronic knee pain is occurring you must understand how and why the pelvis and the foot are contributing to abnormal stresses at the knee joint. Once understood, correcting knee pain can often be a simple process.
Please contact me if you have stubborn knee pain and we’ll see how these issues are playing out in your case. I also describe them in my book, Fixing You: Hip & Knee Pain. Don’t forget my free articles for more information. If you live too far away, I can also help you via Skype.