Knees and Thighs – pain relief and better mobility

The Knees and Thighs

In the video on this page, expert and online Osteopath Tim Judd explains the triggers to knees and thighs problems, how the knees and thighs functions and the reasons for discomfort and pain in men and women.

Now that you understand what causes knee pain and thigh problems and how to prevent the most common knee and thigh problems, it is time for targeted exercise to improve the range of motion.

  •  Learn about knees and thighs pain and knee joint and thigh pain relief through medical anatomy and 3D animation.
  •  What causes chronic knees and thighs problems? What are the most common knee and thigh conditions?
  • What is the iliotibial band (ITB)? What is iliotibial band syndrome?
  •  What is a bakers cyst and what causes it?
  • What is the patellofemoral syndrome?
  •  What is the relationship between your hips, thighs and knees?
  • What is the function of the vastus lateralis muscle?
  • What are the most common home, work and sport injuries?
  •  How do you stretch your knees and thighs for pain relief and for releasing tension?

Knee Joint

The knee joint is like two long bones with roundish ends stacked on top of each other with a couple of cartilage washers in between taking up the slack. Ligamentous straps hold it together and the muscles that come down from the thigh, wrap around the knee and attach to the lower leg.

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So, if you have pain on the inside of the knee it is probably excessive tension in the Adductor group – the muscles on the inside of the leg. Pain above, below or under your knee cap is likely from excessive tension in the Quad group. Pain at the back of the knee can be the result of hamstring tension or a Bakers cyst. Pain on the outside of the knee can be excessive tension in the ITB.

Cartilage disc or ligament damage can be another reason for pain in the knee. The muscles and ligaments of the thigh and knee tend to weaken gradually over time, especially if you work in an office or are relatively inactive.

Inherited increased ligament elasticity, sports injuries and repetitive activities such as yoga, gymnastics and dance can also lead to weak knee joints. These activities or in-activities typically destabilize the knees making them more prone to injury. The use of elastic or neoprene knee supports will also help the unstable knee joint.

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There are many possible causes of pain and discomfort in the thigh and knee region so if you are not sure of what is going on then you need to seek medical diagnosis from your Osteopath or Doctor. Then you can confidently carry on with the full Stretch for Life home program. Good posture can also benefit this zone.

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