Do you have knee pain, a low back problem, or perhaps a shin problem? Chances are the problem isn’t related to the site of pain. The cause of the pain is deeply simple. It’s how you move and what you’ve been exposed to – that includes your posture, your diet, and your activity levels.
Unfortunately many therapies target the site of pain, never venturing to identify the cause of the problem. The cause of pain usually develops over time at a site distant to the site of pain. Let’s explore some great examples that will help shed some light into this important concept and some possible areas to address that are culprits of these common problems.
Dynamic Valgus and Knee Injuries – Non Contact ACL injuries and Patellofemoral Pain
The main movement risk factor for non-contact ACL injuries is dynamic valgus – this is the inward movement of the knee in response to a load1 This commonly occurs with jumping and changing directions. If you’re familiar with our blog you’ll appreciate that we’ve spoken about this important relationship before, including our research with Alpine Ontario where over 92 percent of athletes tested displayed dynamic knee valgus. The consequence of dynamic valgus also includes: patella femoral knee pain, meniscal problems and jumper’s knee.
You’re probably asking what causes dynamic valgus? The main cause of dynamic valgus is Here weak hip abductors and external hip rotators.
Neuromuscular training aimed at addressing landing and jumping mechanics, such as the Sportsmetric program have dramatically reduced the incidence of non-contact ACL injuries by 1.5 to 3.5 times compared to individuals who do not train2-4. This research is further enhanced by the work by Cholewicki5 who in a prospective study identified that delayed onset of […]