Understanding Knee Pain At Motion Health Centre

Healthy knee function occurs when all the muscles, joints, and kinematic chain work in balance, alignment and coordination. Gain knowledge on common knee pain problems and how the knee normally works.

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Do you have a click in your knee that's putting in a kink in your day?

If you find yourself constantly bothered by a clicking sensation in your knee, which in turn interrupts your daily activities, you are not alone. Many individuals experience this peculiar issue, and it can be quite frustrating and discomforting.

Fortunately, a chiropractic clinic like Motion Health Centre can offer effective solutions to alleviate this problem and help restore the smooth functioning of your knee. By addressing the underlying causes and providing targeted treatments, chiropractors can assist you in getting back on track, pain-free, and allowing you to fully enjoy your day-to-day life.

What to Know About Knee Pain and Dysfunction

Knee pain and dysfunction can greatly impact our mobility and quality of life. Whether caused by injury, overuse, arthritis, or other underlying conditions, it is essential to understand some key aspects of knee pain and dysfunction.

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Common Signs, Symptoms and Causes of Knee Pain

Knee pain is a prevalent issue that affects individuals of all ages and backgrounds. It can be a result of various factors, including injuries, overuse, medical conditions, or natural wear and tear. Recognizing the signs, symptoms, and causes of knee pain is crucial in determining the appropriate course of action for relief and recovery.

Signs Your Knee is Unhealthy and Not Functioning at Its Best:

  • Persistent pain including dull ache to sharp, shooting pain, and may be felt while standing, walking, or even at rest
  • Swelling or inflammation around the knee joint
  • Difficulty in bending or straightening the knee, along with a feeling of tightness or reduced flexibility, may indicate knee dysfunction
  • Difficulty fully extending or flexing the knee
  • Limited range of motion

Symptoms of Knee Pain

  • Stiffness or reduced range of motion in the knee
  • Difficulty walking or putting weight on the affected knee
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Pain worsens with activity or after prolonged periods of sitting or standing

Causes of Knee Pain

Knee pain can be caused by various factors such as injury, overuse, or underlying medical conditions like arthritis. Injuries such as torn ligaments, meniscal tears, or patellar tendonitis are common culprits. Overuse from activities such as running or repetitive movements can lead to knee pain as well. Additionally, conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can result in chronic knee pain. Chiropractic care can play a beneficial role in the recovery from knee pain.

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Common Knee Pain Conditions

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Knee joint conditions include but are not limited to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, meniscal tears, ligament injuries (such as ACL or MCL tears), patellofemoral pain syndrome, and bursitis.


Knee muscle and tendon conditions encompass patellar tendonitis, quadriceps tendonitis, hamstring strain, iliotibial band syndrome, and patellofemoral syndrome.

Knee Anatomy

Skeletal Anatomy of Knee

The knee joint joins the thigh with the leg and consists of two articulations: one between the femur and tibia, and one between the femur and patella.

The knee is a complex joint that connects the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia) and the kneecap (patella). It is supported by various ligaments, tendons, and muscles that provide stability and facilitate movement. The main bones involved in the skeletal anatomy of the knee are the femur, tibia, and patella.

The femur is the longest and strongest bone in the body. It forms the upper portion of the knee joint and has specific features at its distal end that connect with the tibia. These features include condyles, which are rounded protuberances that articulate with the tibia, and the patellar groove, which provides a pathway for the patella to move when the knee is flexed.

The tibia is the larger of the two bones in the lower leg and forms the lower portion of the knee joint. At its proximal end, it has two condyles that connect with the femur. The tibia also has a prominence called the tibial tuberosity, where the patellar tendon attaches.

The patella, commonly known as the kneecap, is a small bone that sits in front of the knee joint. It protects the knee joint and provides leverage for the quadriceps muscles. The patella is embedded within the quadriceps tendon and moves up and down in the patellar groove as the knee bends and straightens.

The knee joint also involves several ligaments that contribute to its structural integrity. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) are situated inside the knee joint and cross over each other. They provide stability and prevent excessive forward or backward movement of the tibia and femur. The medial collateral ligament (MCL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) are positioned on the sides of the knee and help prevent side-to-side movement.

Muscle Anatomy of Knee

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The muscle anatomy of the knee is an essential component of its movement and stability. Several muscles around the knee joint work together to allow flexion (bending), extension (straightening), and rotation of the knee.

The quadriceps muscles are a group of four muscles located on the front of the thigh. These muscles include the rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, and vastus intermedius. They collectively function to extend the knee. The quadriceps tendons attach these muscles to the patella (kneecap), and then the patellar tendon connects the patella to the tibia. This tendon allows the quadriceps muscles to transmit their force to the knee joint, enabling leg extensions.

On the back of the thigh, we have the hamstring muscles, which comprise the biceps femoris, semimembranosus, and semitendinosus muscles. Unlike the quadriceps, the hamstring muscles primarily function to flex the knee. These muscles are also crucial in controlling the rotation of the leg.

The calf muscles, including the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, also play a role in the muscle anatomy of the knee. Although primarily responsible for ankle movement, these muscles connect to the back of the knee through the Achilles tendon. When the calf muscles contract, they exert tension on the Achilles tendon, which indirectly affects the movement and stability of the knee.

In addition to the major muscle groups, other muscles such as the popliteus, gracilis, sartorius, and iliotibial (IT) band contribute to the muscle anatomy of the knee. The popliteus muscle, located at the back of the knee joint, aids in unlocking the knee from a fully extended position. The gracilis and sartorius muscles, located on the inner thigh, assist in flexing and rotating the knee. The IT band, a thick band of connective tissue on the outer aspect of the thigh, extends from the hip down to the knee and helps stabilize the knee during movement.

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Motion Health Centre's Knee Pain Recovery Program

At Motion Health Centre, we take a "holistic" approach to the assessment and management of your knee issues. Not only do we aim to free you from pain, we also help you enjoy health and motion to your fullest potential, with long term results.

Benefits of our Program

  • Be free from knee pain, aches, tingling and numbness
  • Return to a good night's sleep
  • Bend your knees with great ease
  • Improve concentration at your workstation and computer
  • Learn 4 critical lessons you need to know about spinal hygiene
  • Get a head start back to optimal posture

The Knee Pain Recovery Program Program includes:

  1. 1
    Provide a comprehensive exam of your spine, muscle and nervous system function. Refer for other imaging if necessary
  2. 2
    Review your pillow and sleeping positions
  3. 3
    Review your workstation and sitting position
  4. 4
    Devise a plan of action with clear goals for fast relief, correction and prevention
  5. 5
    Deliver safe and effective natural Sports Chiropractic Care
  6. 6
    Myo-neuro muscle balance correction using Trigenics®
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    Provide effective neck and spinal corrective exercises and devices
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    Advice for Natural anti-inflammatory and wellbeing solutions
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    Take an evidenced informed approach
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    Always deliver a friendly, caring and convenient service

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You don't have to live with pain in your knees. If you want to be free from Knee Pain don't hesitate to call and book a "Your Motion Matters" Initial Case Review today, for a pain free tomorrow.


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