My knees hurt
I see a lot of knees in clinic, as they’re a really common area to injure
They also very frequently don’t respond to traditional physiotherapy that just focuses on strengthening the quadriceps and stretching the hamstring muscles!
I believe that’s because the knee is essentially just a hinge joint designed to bend and straighten, but it’s trapped between two areas that twist – your hip and your foot. And if one of those areas becomes twisted and stuck, then your knee is often forced to move suboptimally. Over time, you start to put pressure through your knees in places that aren’t designed for it, and eventually you notice pain and stiffness. Equally, if you have an accident (a fall when skiing, or you get tackled when your foot is planted), the knee can often get forcibly twisted, damaging the ligaments or cartilage – the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is particularly prone to tearing when you twist your knee.