There's not much in the world that can be accomplished in 30 seconds. But there is a simple self check you can do to assess whether or not your knee pain has a strong correlation to the nervous system.
Around 40% of the clients we see have neurologoical communication issues in the quads and hip flexors that are contributing to their knee pain.
The quads and hip flexors play an extremely important role in everyday movement. When they aren't functioning properly, they don't absorb force properly, and can cause problems in the joints below the waist, including the knees.
So how can we tell if the quads and/or hip flexors are causing your knee pain?
It's as simple as laying on your back and rasing your leg. And grabbing a friend.
The self-check for the quads (see first picture below):
Lay on your back, keeping the back flat against the surface you are laying on. Raise your left leg off the ground. Once the leg is up, ask your friend to push down with moderate resistance on the leg. It's important to understand this isn't a strength test to see who is stronger. It's designed to see how quickly your quad can respond to a little bit of force going into it.
When your friend pushes down, resist and don't allow the leg to drop.
If you're able to resist, switch to the opposite leg and repeat.
If you're unable to resist or the leg drops for a moment before you're able to resist, it means that activation of the quad is not occuring efficiently.
This problem is almost definitely contributing to your knee pain, and needs to be examined further.
The self-check for the hip flexors (see picture below):
This test is very similar to the first test. The only difference is that in the previous test your back was flat on the table. In this test, you need to arch your lower back (think about lifting your ribcage to the ceiling).
Once you're in the correct position, raise your leg, have your friend push down on the leg, and see if you're able to resist.
If you're unable to resist or the leg drops for a moment before you're able to resist, it means that activation of the hip flexors is not occuring efficiently.
Similar to the quads, this is almost deifnitely contributing to you rknee pain and needs to be examined further.
These two assessments are two of the easiest tests we run to determine whether or not a neurological problem is contributing to your knee pain.
If you've passed both of these tests, but are still dealing with knee pain, we can run a host of other asssessments during your Initial Evaluation at Premier Neuro Therapy to get to the bottom of it.
The Initial Evaluation (or Discovery Session as we like to call it) is a free way to learn more about what's causing your knee pain and whether or not Neuro Therapy is a solution for you.
Just click the link below to apply:
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Evan Lewis is a nationwide leader in Neuro Therapy and founded the Baltimore area's only specialist Neuro Therapy facility.
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