Oakville Chiropractor – Popliteus! The real cause of your knee pain!
Ask the average person what a Popliteus is and they will probably say a boy band from the 1980’s. Truth be told it’s the root cause of misdiagnosed knee pain to many of our patients here at Nottinghill Family Wellness Centre in Oakville Ontario Canada. We see all kinds of knee injuries at the clinic. Its amazes our chiropractic team how many times a popliteus injury has been misdiagnosed. Sometimes patients will be suffering for months and get useless x-rays, ultrasounds and even MRI’s. Only to find out their pain which was diagnosed as a meniscus tear is really just a muscle pull.
Many of patients present with pain in their knee of no specific orgin. It could be worse with walking, standing or even sitting. After our chiropractor determines their injury is not structural and is the popliteus muscle treatment will begin immediately. We recommend custom orthotics or more supportive footwear for 90% of our knee pain patients.
Popliteus Muscle: Oakville Chiropractic Treatment on the knee.
The popliteus muscle is located on(AT) the back of the knee under the calf muscles. It is attached to the lateral meniscus and is involved with most motions of the knee. The muscles main purpose is to help rotate the knee as well as retracting the knee from full extension or locked out position (straight).
We have had numerous patients enter our Oakville Chiropractic Clinic with what they were told was Pattela-femoral syndrome or a medial or lateral meniscus sprain. After various treatments elsewhere the pain was still prevalent. The popliteus muscle can retract up to 300% of its normal length. A tight popliteus can lead to knee pain that mimics many other injuries and is relatively easy to diagnose with palpation of the muscle.
Here is an example of a 23 year old NCAA soccer player back for the summer. She had be receiving ongoing treatment at her Division One school, but the popliteus muscle was never taken into consideration. After 4 intensive treatments including Active Release Therapy, IFC, Ice and mobilizations of the knee, she was close to 100%.
For help with pain or discomfort please contact your local chiropractor in Oakville at 905-827-4197