Is Your Knee Pain Really Caused By Your Hips

Is nagging knee pain getting you down? Perhaps you’ve visited the doctor who is telling you there is nothing really wrong with your knee joint and instead just handing you pills…

Stop obsessing about your knee joint!

For individuals experiencing undiagnosed knee pain, I have some new ideas for you that your doctors/ chiropractor/acupuncturist may not have thought about.

Let’s take a look at the hips. More specifically, what is happening at your hip joint where your femur (thigh bone) meets your hips. This joint should be moving fluidly and your body should be able to rotate the femur bones internally (turn the thigh bones in as if in a pigeon toes position) or externally (turn your toes out like a ballerina).

Often time what happens, is that one side of the body struggles with either internal or external rotation of the hip joint. Take a look at the picture on the right for my client below:

Knee imbalance from hips

when looking at the picture on the left, Do you see how the right knee does not turn in the same way as the left knee?

When this client was holding this position, she was feeling pain in her right knee. Why? Because her feet were turned in but that leg was not turning in from the hip joint (above the knee), she felt a “torque” in the knee joint. This means she had limited “internal femur rotation” in her right hip.

This imbalance in the hips is quite common!

So what did we do? Give her some exercises of course! Here is an example of an exercise you can do that “works” this range of motion of internal femur rotation:

 

When you look now at the picture on the right, you will see that her right knee is turning inward way better than it was before. Now she can stand pigeon-toed without knee pain!

Why is this important? Because when you walk or run, the femur bone has to be able to rotate slightly from external rotation and into internal rotation easily. If this movement does not happen while walking or running, the knee joint can get compromised taking over for the missing of the hip.

In the case of this client, the knee was uncomfortable when pigeon-toed, but her bigger complaint was an imbalance and tightness in the hips overall. Good thing we figured this out so that we can even out the imbalance and help her feel confident in a body with better symmetry.

If you are interested in finding out more about how to improve your body alignment and symmetry, check out our 1-to-1 Posture Therapy Sessions here!

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