Knee Pain

11 Year Old Scar Creating Knee Pain

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An active client that loves to hit the blacks beach stairs had come in with right medial knee pain around the VMO after getting back into training after the new year festivities.

They had mentioned that their knee was cracking and popping again (something that hasn’t happened in a long time). I was pretty interested to see if the VMO was dysfunctional with something locally that could cause patella tracking problems.

I didn’t find another muscle that was affecting the VMO significantly, however, I found an 11-year-old scar on the medial calf that had recently become sore and sensitive.

After using some level 3 NKT protocols I found that the scar on the client's leg was dysfunction and was downregulating motor control to the VMO on the same leg. We did some specific release and activation work on the scar. After this we retested the right knee, there was no pain or crunchiness anymore.

This client will have some correctives to do for a short period of time but that should regain motor control and be able to dominate those nasty stairs again very soon!

Popliteus Creating Glute Max and Rec Fem Inhibition


A mine worker came in after a round out west. In their last shift, they did a lot of walking up and down rocky surfaces. After this, they had started to get some swelling around the right knee with an awareness around the back of the knee.

Using NKT protocols I started to test muscles around the R knee. We found a weak Rectus Femoris and Glute Max. I tested these muscles against the R Popliteus. We found that the Popliteus was facilitated, which was inhibiting the Rec Fem and G Max. We released the Popliteus and activated the Rec Fem. All became strong.

To help integrated movement back into the reset I decided to use some RockTaping to manage the swelling around the knee, then we did some walking. Their gait was significantly better and pain-free.


C-Section Scars, Crossfit and Knee Pain


A client came in after getting a sore knee from doing a big WOD at Crossfit the day before. They described the knee pain as an overall ache and heaviness. After some palpation and discussion, I decided to use NKT to test the quads. We found a VMO neurologically under-active and a VL hypertonic.

We continued to do some further investigation. During the workout, the client was doing box step-ups in a single arm kettlebell front rack. This unilateral loading could have certainly contributed to the knee pain. I decided to test the IAO and EAO (obliques) to see what they were like as they are major players in force transfer. I found the R Internal Abdominal Oblique weak. 

During our discussion, prior to the assessment, this client had mentioned that they had a c-section scar. Remembering this I tested the R IAO against the scar. There was certainly a relationship there. I then tested the L VMO against the scar as well, and lone behold there was another relationship present.

Using NKT protocols I released the scar and activated the R IAO and L VMO.

I then retested the IAO and VMO. All tested strong. The VL tone has reduced now that the VMO came back online. I then RockTaped the knee for support. Their pain had reduced significantly and with some corrective strategies, they will improve the overall function of the body, IAO and VMO.