What constitutes a knee problem?
Other than trauma there are two schools of thought regarding the knee:
School A: Leg problems begin at the floor and go up. This school subscribes to the belief that plastic deformity of the foot, usually collapse of the arch (flat feet), causes the foot to rotate in, causing the knee to rotate and buckle in, which causes the hip to rotate forward thereby stressing the spine (rotating out is also a possibility, but happens less often.) In keeping with this school of thought, treatment of the knee begins with orthotics (arch supports) followed by rehabilitation of the entire kinetic chain from the foot to the hip and spine.
School B: This school maintains that knee problems begin with weak hip muscles which allows the hip to rotate in, rotating and buckling the knee in and causing the arch to collapse (again, out is a possibility.) In keeping with this school of thought, treatment involves rehabilitating the kinetic chain starting with the hip and down to the foot. In my opinion, for School B to be effective it requires an almost athletic dedication to the rehabilitation process.
For the average patient, with an average commitment to exercise, we have had very good results with School A.
Interestingly enough, neither school attributes knee problems to a primary dysfunction of the knee. Both schools maintain that knee problems are secondary to problems in other areas of the kinetic chain. That would seem to imply that, in most cases, you don’t so much have a problem because you had an injury, but rather, you had an injury because you had a problem.
If you have more questions regarding your specific problem call our office at (780) 963-4608 to set up a consultation with Dr. McLeod.
This information represents only a brief summary of the conditions discussed and is presented as a public service by the Immanuel Healing Centre. For this or any other health problems about which you have concerns please consult personally with a health care professional.