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On Recovery Without Giving this a Shot!
Why Does My Knee Hurt? One word…instability. What creates
stability? Proper muscle function and balance. Therefore…you got
it…instability is improper muscle function and balance.
What Causes Instability? Muscle inhibition or weakness. This doesn’t
have to do with conditioning or muscle strength, rather it is a normal
consequence of neurological stress.
For example, if your calf muscle (gastrocnemius) is weak or inhibited, it
could be because you have a low back disc bulge putting pressure or
irritation on the nerve…but it also could be due to a strain injury of the
Achilles tendon attaching to the heel bone (calcareous).
Or…it could be inhibited because of a pinched meniscus caused by the
thigh bone (femur) not being in good alignment with the shin bone (tibia).
Or from an injury at the attachment to the knee (vs. the heel)…or even, as
we widen the links to neurological function of the calf muscle, it could be
because of a sprain of the opposite side ACL, and it is inhibited to protect
the weakened ligament. Or, it could be a stroke affecting motor
coordination in the brain.
The point of the exploration of possibilities, including extreme
possibilities…and rest assured, you would know if you’ve had a stroke, and
your painful knee would be the least of your worries…the point is, that the
neurological loop from brain to muscle that allows for proper muscle
function and balance, can be disrupted anywhere. And if you are working
on the wrong area, or missing a disruption (maybe there are 2 “causes”),
your results will be less than ideal.
Our Approach: We isolate each and every individual muscle that moves
the knee and test its ability to sustain muscle contraction against
resistance. Watch the video below right to see a demonstration of this
This type of muscle testing is not about strength…it is about function. Can
the muscle actively “fire” or contract against direct stress or pressure? If it
can’t, your knee is instable and will result in pain or injury.
Why won’t my muscle contract or fire if I am in good shape or
condition? As mentioned above, it might be a local injury to one of the
tendons that attach the muscle to the bone, or nearby ligaments that
stabilize the knee, but it could be from a remote location, such as the other
knee, the low back, or even the brain.
If we find a muscle weakness, how do we know what to do or fix?
With a thorough understanding of the neurology of muscle function, we use
a protocol based on the neurological hierarchy of function, meaning what is
highest priority, next highest, and on down.
Number one is soft tissue injury (which implies some level of tissue
tearing). You would know not to exercise or massage a muscle that is
100% torn, but what if it is only 50%, or 10%, or 1%. You could exercise on
1-10%, but guess what your results would be…aggravation (more pain).
Next is the healing phase called inflammation. If a tendon is inflamed,
again, exercise or rehab would be aggravating. Then stress
physiology…pain is stressful, so stress chemicals need to be addressed.
Then muscle and fascia (flexibility), alignment of the joint, and finally, pain
Can partial tears be healed naturally? I’m not sure where the tipping
point is (50%, 30%, 10% tears), but yes, in most cases, if there muscle is
still attached, the injury can heal with proper natural care. In my
experience, the most effective is massage and cold laser therapy. I don’t
MRI my patients unless we are unable to restore muscle strength, so I can’t
say how torn the tissue is, but in most cases, treating the injury with these
methods restores full muscle function, and the pain resolves, so an MRI is
unnecessary. In the past five years, I have had only one patient that we
could not improve muscle function, no matter what we did, and his MRI
showed a 100% tear, no attachment at all!
One other consideration…if your energy systems are impaired (low energy,
even one time of the day), it can impair the healing process. Energy
systems depend on a healthy diet, liver function (it’s a toxic world!), adrenal
function (stressful too!), and pancreas health and function. You could
probably add other organs and systems too (ie. if you don’t digest and
absorb your nutrients, you can’t make energy).
If you are ready to find the SOURCE of your knee pain, go to the
New Patient tab, above and center…all the forms and instructions
are on that page to schedule your initial evaluation. If you would
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|Dr. Stone is a Chiropractic Physician, certified in Integrated Natural
Medicine and Applied Kinesiology, and Functional Diagnostic Medicine. He
also has over 300 hours of post doctoral education in Functional
Neurology. This clinic does not treat named conditions,
rather we treat each individual toward health.
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