Vastus Lateralis, Hamstrings, Popliteus, Plantaris, Tractus Iliotibialis

Pain symptoms at the knee – popliteal-

The most common cause of a swelling, pain in the popliteal is a Cyst. Inside the group of Cysts it is the “Knee Pit Cyst” which is the most frequent one caused by the swelling of the Bursa. The complaints coming from a Knee Pit Cyst exists  mostly of pain in the popliteal and struggling to bend your knee.

Muscles which play an important part with Popliteal

The Quadriceps -Four headed femur muscle. It is the biggest, heaviest and strongest muscle of our body and also the most important cause of knee pain. Knee and -pain in the groin often are initiated from Trigger points in the upper leg muscle – Quadriceps.

Symptoms;
Restless legs, children’s growing pains, pain just below the knee cap. Weakness and stiffness of the knees. A deep pain right above the knee, pain increases while walking the stairs, it can happen that all of a sudden your knee collapses .

Wrong diagnose;
Tendon inflammation, Bursa inflammation, Arthritis in the knee, Tendon or Cartilage damage at the Meniscus. Also Ligament damage can be diagnosed. Physiotherapy and exercise will then work completely counterproductive using Trigger point therapy on the outer part of the upper leg muscles.

Causes;
Overload intensive sport, heavy lugging, walking on high heels, climbing, kneeling, squatting, extensive sitting, overload of excessive cycling, running, fast walking, sit-ups, etc.  Runners often have Trigger points in the upper leg muscle. Deep knee deflection, weak ankles, Morton foot. Walking with ankles inward, feet outward can be a sign of Trigger points in this muscle.

Vastus Lateralis, the outer part of your upper leg muscle

Symptoms;
Overload intensive sport, heavy lugging, walking on high heels, climbing, kneeling, squatting, extensive sitting, overload of excessive cycling, running, fast walking, sit-ups, etc.  Runners often have Trigger points in the upper leg muscle. Deep knee deflection, weak ankles, Morton foot. Walking with ankles inward, feet outward can be a sign of Trigger points in this muscle.

Hamstrings, the muscles in the back of your upper leg

Symptoms;
Pain on the outer side of the upper leg around the cup of the Fibula, sharp knee pains on the inner side of the knee.

Causes;
Excessive sitting down, excessive cycling and swimming keep the hamstrings short , Trigger points can be created  quickly. Intensive sports in poor physical condition. The action of all muscles in hips and upper legs affect each other. Weak upper leg muscles at the front of your upper leg make that your hamstrings have to work harder because they restrict the mobility of the knee. Trigger points in the hamstrings put the buttock muscles under strain.

Wrong diagnose; 
Sciatica, Tendon inflammation of the Hamstring.

Popliteus, knee silage muscle

Is often over looked in complaints.

Symptoms;
A lot of pain while stretching the knee. Also pain while crawling, running, walking. Increasing pain walking down stairs or a hill. The Popliteus muscle is often the cause of acute knee pains in the back of the knee.

Wrong diagnose;
Meniscus, Tendon inflammation, Torn knee strap. Always check for muscle knots in the muscles that have effect on the knee first.

Causes;
An overload in running, turning, gliding, changing direction quickly playing, soccer or basketball, skiing, mountain walks, wearing a knee brace because the muscle is stopped and made the normal activity impossible., Walking on high heels makes that the popliteus muscle continuedly get shortened and Trigger points will occur, also excessively sitting.

Plantaris, foot sole muscle

Symptoms;  
Pain in the back of the knee, sometimes as far up in the calf.

Tractus Iliotibialis

Is the Tendon plate on the outer side of the upper leg that runs throughout over the outer side of the knee.

Symptoms;
Pain at the outer side of the knee especially while running. As soon as you start walking it disappears or diminishes.

Causes;
Overload, often while running, knee friction on the outer side of the knee. Unexplainable knee pains; the feeling of growing pains, adults too.

  • Difficulty moving of the knees; seems like Osteoarthritis.
  • Wrong posture, not standing correctly on feet and legs can also cause complaints. You often see this with children, adolescents and young adults.

The solution. What can you do?

I can teach you very easily to treat yourself for all  knee problems mentioned above. I will do that by teaching you unique mobility exercises, Trigger point massage technics and Guacha therapy. You can simply use a Guacha scraper for “dry scraping” the skin, which will strongly stimulate the blood flow of the lower and upper leg plus the knee. This technic also works  with restless legs and nightly leg cramp etc.