Even though I’m a personal trainer in West Los Angeles, there was point in my training that I actually didn’t know everything 🙂 Knee pain sucks, and it can be one of the most frustrating and progress killing injuries out there. But no worries, I’m here to give you a multi-dimensional look at your knees and give you an approach on how to make sure KNEE PAIN goes away and never comes back.
Why did I get this knee pain in the first place?
Well, it probably wasn’t ONE single factor that led to your knee pain, but rather a couple. Here are 10 different reasons that may lead to knee pain:
1. You have GLUTEAL AMNESIA. Basically your butt is asleep from too much sitting and lack of use. You can’t absorb any load at the hips so your knees take the brunt of the work.
2. You have weak/tight hips and immobile ankles. Putting you in this position (NO BUENO PARA EL ACL)):
3. You are running, biking, or elliptical-ing too much. The law of repetitive motion is I=NF/AR, where I=injury to the tissues, N=number of repetitions, F=force, A=amplitude, R=relaxation. Still think it’s a good for the knees to perform all this repetitive motion??? Do the math!
4. Your hamstrings are weak and you are quad dominant. The hamstrings and glutes are HUGE muscles, and if not utilized you’ll be able to produce less force from the hips while not stabilizing the knee.
5. Your body is chronically inflamed. This has to do with recovery, nutrition, and supplementation. If you can’t take swelling down, there can be no recovering from injury.
6. You are not recovering between training sessions. Because the gains you make don’t happen during training sessions, but between them.
7. You have poor soft tissue quality. If you have more knots than a competitive sailboat, chances are your flexibility, joint health, and recovery are all being compromised.
8. You have lower cross and/or upper cross syndrome. If you look like a duck when you walk, or a caveman, or both, when you have poor posture it becomes harder to control joint mechanics in dynamic situations.