Relieve Knee Pain Naturally

Understanding the Ouch: Common Causes of Knee Pain

Knee pain is a common issue, especially among athletes and active individuals. While pain can occur in various locations, it frequently manifests behind the knee. Individuals often describe it as pain, "locking," or "unlocking" sensations.

In this video, Dr. Keith Lavender, Certified Advanced Muscle Integration Technique (AMIT) practitioner, is testing a young gymnast to identify muscles that are not functioning properly and impacting her performance. As he works through the muscles, he has found the popliteus muscle to not be working properly, or what is termed aberrant muscle. 

The popliteus muscle plays a crucial role in knee function. It assists in rotating the femur on the tibia and contributes to stability and movement. Here, we explore some of the most frequent culprits:

Injury: This is a major cause of knee pain. Sprains, strains, and tears in ligaments and muscles can arise from sudden impacts, twists, or overuse. Symptoms often include swelling, stiffness, and difficulty bending the knee.

Overuse: Activities like running, jumping, or frequent kneeling can stress the knee joint, leading to inflammation. Tendinitis, which involves the tendons surrounding the knee, and bursitis, affecting the fluid-filled sacs cushioning the bones, are common examples. These conditions typically cause localized pain that worsens with activity.

Arthritis: This degenerative condition wears down the cartilage in the knee joint, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. Osteoarthritis, the most prevalent type, usually affects people as they age.

Other factors: Being overweight puts additional strain on the knees, increasing the risk of pain. Improper alignment of the kneecap (patellar malalignment) can also lead to discomfort. In rare cases, infections or underlying medical conditions might be responsible.

When these conditions are present, the brain and nervous system act to protect the body – much like the circuit breaker in your house that helps prevent fire or electrical damage. The central nervous system will “shut down” muscles or muscle groups to prevent further injury. No amount or massage or exercise will strengthen that muscle or group until it has been neurologically “turned back on.”  

Dr. Lavender will determine if Muscle Regen or Advanced Muscle Integration Technique can be instrumental in resolving your problem with safe, non-invasive techniques. Check out the additional information found on our website, along with numerous patients talking about their own experiences.

Relieve Knee Pain Naturally

For a complimentary consultation, call 480-325-6977 to schedule a time with the Valley’s premier Wellness Center for sports therapy. Dr. Keith Lavender is a Board-Certified Atlas Orthogonal upper cervical specialist and Certified Advanced Muscle Integration Technique and Muscle Regen practitioner. Live your best life now participating in activities that make you happy!






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