Dear Dr. Chris: I've been experiencing knee pain (mostly with running) for several years now.¬† I have seen multiple physical therapists, massage therapists, orthopedic surgeons, and while the treatments seem to help for a short period of time, they never seem to make it go away.¬† Recently, I think I've landed on part of the issue, though.¬† I feel like my hips aren't very strong, and after starting some exercises at the gym for them, my knee really seems to be getting better.¬† Do you think there may be some connection?¬† I'd really like to have this pain go away!¬† - Dan, ¬†Connecticut
Hi Dan - you are absolutely correct in that there is a connection between the hips and the knees!¬† And you are in really good company with knee issues, as cycling and running are often associated with knee pain.Below is a basic example of such an exercise.
- Lift one foot off the floor (slight bend in the leg you're standing on)
- Do this by lifting your hip towards your armpit to "shorten" your leg
- Maintain this position throughout the exercise
- Lift the "up" leg out to the side
- Keep this leg turned in (knees "glancing" at each other)
- Pause for 1sec out to the side
- Slowly lower back to the start but keep the foot up in the air
- Try to keep your balance and avoid touching the foot to the ground
- "Good Technique" means:
- Don't let the "up" foot turn out
- Don't lean to the side
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