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Lateral Knee Pain - Massage and Trigger Point Release

 

Trigger points are associated with almost all types of knee pain and common knee injuries

Knee pain is certainly common and even more so as we get older, and especially for those who do a lot of sport involving jumping and running.

It doesn't take too much imagination to appreciate the wear and tear that the human knee suffers through daily use.

The problem is that most of us tend to take our knees for granted until something goes wrong.

 

Sprains and Strains

In the majority of cases of knee pain, there's unlikely to be anything too serious going on.

By far the most common injuries that we see are simple strains and sprains from overuse. However, failure to seek treatment can in many cases lead to more severe problems.

I must admit here that I'm giving advice that I've ignored myself. I'm a big chap and spend around 10 hours a day on my feet treating patients.

I should have started to take better care of my knees a few years ago when knee pain started to become a regular feature in my life. Nowadays I spend a lot of time receiving trigger point therapy for pain relief!

 

Treating Patellar Trigger Points

 

Trigger Points

Trigger points are associated with almost all types of knee pain and common knee injuries.

In some cases the trigger points may be the underlying cause (which is often true with anterior knee pain experienced by runners), and in many cases treating the trigger points will accelerate recovery and alleviate or reduce the pain.

In this trigger point video blog we deal specifically with the patellar ligament. 

Please note that there are a number of other muscles and ligaments that may be connected with knee pain and knee injuries, so don't treat the information in this trigger point blog (Ligamentum Patellae) as stand alone.

So-called "Runner's Knee" and "Jumper's Knee" for example, are often also associated with trigger points in the Gluteus, Quadriceps, and Sartorius muscles

Do not attempt to perform these trigger point therapy techniques unless they fall within your professional scope of practice.

   

  

 

   

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