Resolving Knee Pain
What Causes Knee Pain?
As a runner and sports medicine practitioner, I commonly see people with a variety of knee injuries. The causes of the knee pain are varied and often result from a combination of environmental, physical, and physiological factors. Knee pain can be caused by:
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Muscle imbalances
- Ligament injuries
- Meniscus injuries
- Illiotibal Band Syndrome
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease
- A variety of pathological processes. Pathological causes of knee pain are rare compared to the more common mechanical causes of knee pain
These conditions, if left untreated, can often lead to an ongoing cycle of biomechanical imbalances which eventually lead to ongoing pain and degeneration of the knee, as well as hip, low back, shoulder, or neck problems.
Articles by Dr. Abelson on Knee Injuries
|Ligament injuries of the knee
||Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect bone to bone. Ligament damage is a common injury we see at our clinic, most of these injuries are sports related.
|Knee injuries and the kinetic chain
||When dealing with any knee injury, your practitioner should consider all the anatomical structures both above and below the knee. New patterns of dysfunction will develop whenever any segment of the knee’s kinetic chain is not functioning properly.
|Treating meniscus injuries with Active Release
||The successful resolution of a knee problem involves a complex understanding of kinetic chain relationships, and a functional understanding of how each body action is related to specific anatomical structures.
|Hip strength and running injuries
||Research has shown that there is a major correlation between hip strength and running injuries. At our clinic (Kinetic Health), evaluation of hip strength is one of the first things that we do when testing runners. In most cases we will find some type of deficit in the runner’s hip strength.
|Iliotibial Band Syndrome
||Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is a common injury that affects triatheletes, runners and cyclists. Using conventional treatments, this condition never completely resolves since these treatments typically do not address all of the key structures involved in the injury.
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