One Strategy to Self-Treat Knee Pain at Home

Dec 3, 2019

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The knee is a hinge joint, which opens (bending) and shuts (straightening).  Research has found the majority of knee problems occur when the knee does not shut (straighten) all the way.1 This means that when the tibia (shin bone) and femur (thigh bone) come together as you straighten your knee, something is obstructing the motion.
*Note the inability of the patient’s knee to contact the back of the treatment table.
A survey of specialty trained physical therapists found that 91% of patients with knee problems are more likely to respond to straightening exercises better than bending exercises.2 What we often see in the clinic is that once knee extension is restored, the knee can now function properly. This means less limping, more motion, and more strength.

There are several different ways you can restore knee extension. The following video will educate you on whether or not your knee is straightening all the way and a simple exercise to improve knee extension.

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References

1. https://www.themanualtherapist.com/2017/09/5-reasons-why-you-need-to-restore.html
2. A survey of the McKenzie Classification System in the Extremities: prevalence of mechanical syndromes and preferred loading strategies. May SJ1, Rosedale R.

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