The Causes of Knee Pain: Understanding the Root of the Problem

February 23, 2023
5 min read

Knee pain, knee pain, go away! But wait, before you reach for the anti-inflammatories, let's talk about why simply masking symptoms with painkillers or relying on rest is not the way to go. To truly tackle knee pain, we need to get to the root of the problem.

You see, the health and function of our knees are closely connected to the overall alignment and stability of our bodies. Think of it like a chain reaction, a problem in one part of the body can cause a domino effect on the rest of it.

Take for example, the common postural issue of an anterior pelvic tilt. This is when the front of our pelvis tilts forward, like a duck waddling. This can cause the thigh bone to rotate inward and put extra stress on the knee. Tight hip flexors or weak glutes can also cause the knee to collapse inward during movement, leading to pain and injury.

And it's not just our lower body, the knee is closely connected to the other joints in the body, particularly the hip and ankle. A problem in the ankle or foot can cause the knee to compensate, leading to pain and injury. It's like a game of Jenga, remove one block and the whole tower comes tumbling down.

So, what's the solution? To truly tackle knee pain, we need to address the root causes of the problem. This often requires a multi-disciplinary approach that includes manual therapy and exercises. Physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, and exercise physiologists can work together to help you understand the biomechanical issues that are causing your knee pain and create an individualized treatment plan to address them.

Don't let knee pain hold you back! Talk to a Movement Therapist today and get on the path to relief.

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