Here are some causative factors that can influence knee pain and joint biomechanics.
1. Work that requires kneeling, or deep squats, this could be carpet layers, painters, construction workers, and drivers of motor vehicles. These positions cause extra stress to the knee joints.
2. Excessive heavy lifting as this may throw out alignment of the lower extremity, back and pelvis
3. Age, as we age our muscles lose some of their strength, this could cause the knee to become compressed as normally the muscles attenuate some of the compressive loads.
4. Lack of stretching, if we sit a lot and we don’t stretch the muscles in the hips and legs can be shortened. With shortened muscles we have more compressive forces on the knee when we walk, run or jump.
5. Activities such as runners or racket sports like tennis can put a lot of stress on the knees, particularity with the weekend athlete, who exercises on the weekend or infrequently. Infrequent stressful activities which require running or ballistic activities are hard on all weight bearing joints.
6. Previous knee injuries for example ligament or cartilage tears.
Here is a list of other common conditions that affect the knee and should be assessed and treated. (Listed in alphabetical order not order of occurrence)1. Bursitis: Suprapatellar, Prepatellar, deep infrapatellar, subcutaneous infrapatellar, Pes Anserine, Baker’s Cyst
If you have any of the above conditions please book an appointment with Mike Dixon RMT at www.dixonmassagetherapy.com
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