I see ALOT of knee injuries in my office, especially down here in Florida where the active season is always upon us with the nice weather.
In many situations knee injuries are handled and treated very poorly in the current medical model.
Why does this happen so much?
Simple, because the majority of practitioners don't respect basic biomechanics and lack a true understanding of how the body moves as a unit.
Another problem that happens is that we have become a symptom driven society and often end up only chasing the symptoms.
We try to make things a little too much simplistic in the medical world, with the idea that something is hurting so that has to be the problem.
We jump to “fixing” the area that hurts and send the patient back out there with this false belief that they are good to go, only to have them end up back in the office with more pain and dysfunction.
So yes symptoms are important, it gives us an idea that something is in fact wrong. There a few lackluster practitioners out there that tell you to completely ignore the symptoms and look somewhere else. These people are dangerous and gravely misinformed.
There is also some practitioners who only focus on symptoms, they are the same as the above, just a different flavor.
So now that you understand my thought process we can get to the point of this blog...
Knee pain is very tricky and needs a through evaluation to consider all factors.
One key question I always ask patients is if it hurts all the time or only with certain activities.
All the time answers do lead me to knowing I have to address the knee dysfunction first and get it moving better before I do anything else.
When I hear it only hurts with certain activities, like running or squatting then it cues me to think that you have a problem elsewhere, usually the hip or ankle.
Check out this video below to help understand it better:
So here’s the grand finale! If you are having knee pain, without trauma and its activity induced the chances are a lot of other things aren't working in your body how they should. Knee pain is the early sign that things are messed up, usually a hip, ankle or low back and eventually they will be symptomatic too.
So the take home here is to not ignore pain, get to a doctor who can figure out what is wrong and get you fixed so you don’t end up on the surgeons table.