By: Lindsey Jelinek, PT, DPT, CSCS& Lenae Sexton, PT, DPT, OCS
Why knee pain might start at the hip
Hip weakness is a very common finding during gait analyses for individuals with knee pain. But why? Continue reading to get an idea of how your hip affects your knee.I’m sure you’ve heard the skeleton song. You know, the one that says the hip bone is connected to the leg bone. Well, it isn’t that far off. Movement at one joint will affect how the other joints above and below move as well. This is particularly true for the hip and knee. The gluteal muscles, located on the back/side of the hip, are major players that can affect the knee.
The gluteus mediusand gluteus maximus function to stabilize the pelvis and thigh bone (femur). When they contract, they pull the pelvis level and prevent the femur from diving inward.
If the pelvis drops and the femur dives inward, there is increased friction between theknee cap and the tissues behind/surrounding it. This is often what results in the knee pain.
Our bodies are resilient. BUT when we start to pile on the walking/running mileage, we might exceed the threshold of our tissues resulting in pain. If you are suspicious that you might have some pelvic drop and/or knee collapse with your walking/running, you area good candidate for a Gait Analysis. Ask any of the +e Team to help determine if this is a service you would benefit from!