An Athlete’s Guide to Chronic Knee Pain

An Athlete's Guide to Chronic Knee PainClick Image To Visit SiteTake a look at the pictures below. They are random YouTubers doing standing vertical jumps. The guy on the left claims a 30" vertical jump. The guy on the right, 50". (Which is very high, so let’s just say 40" to account for internet inflation.) Aside from the raw numbers, there’s a difference between the two: I consider one a knee pain candidate, and the other a knee pain conqueror.

Below are more still shots from YouTube, but with NFL combine athletes (a little less random than, well, random YouTubers). Notice how all of their their body positions are more similar to the guy on the right half of the comparison above. It may seem like a coincidence, but it’s not. In fact, it has everything to do with both chronic knee pain and athleticism.

Before we go on, let me introduce myself. My name is Anthony Mychal, and I run I’ve struggled with just about every chronic knee injury possible — tendonitis, jumper’s knee (tendonosis), and patellar tracking problems. (Yes, that’s me in the video below, with an odd case of tendonosis, mistracking, and crepitus.) I was told rest and painkillers were my only options, and that my knees would never be quite "right." But during your short stay here, make sure you — at least — remember two things: 1) traditional chronic knee rehabilitation doesn’t work, and 2) what makes athleticism makes healthy knees.

The traditional concept of chronic knee pain is based on an arbitrary concept of one day being damaged and all-of-the-sudden being healed the next day. There’s no transition. No regard for what caused the injury. No preventative measures. It’s sad to say, but popular rehabilitation teaches long term failure and continual reinjury.

Chronic knee pain is a different animal, which is why just any old rehabilitation — especially that commonly used for more serious internal injuries — doesn’t work. And for a long time I fell trap to popular methods. I did the vastus medialis thing. I did the more-hip-dominant-lifts thing. I did the terminal knee extensions and the peterson step ups. I did the leg extensions and hamstring curls. I did the icing and heating. Through it all, my knee got worse. Much worse. But that was only half of it. At the same time, I was becoming less athletic. As an avid athlete, being in more pain and being… Read more…

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