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!