Knee Pain – Why Surgery Often Isn’t the Answer

The knee joint is arguably the most stable joint in the body – why then is it often the source of pain?

We assume what we know

Most people with knee pain immediately assume the problem is something they have heard about before – an ACL tear, MCL tear, meniscus tear. These are the knee injuries we hear most about, so we naturally assume those are the problems we have. There are plenty of other reasons one can have knee pain.

13 Quick Reasons

Humans have 12-13 muscles that cross the knee joint, depending on the person. Each one of these muscles can be a part of a dysfunctional pattern that causes an imbalance in the joint mechanics and leads to joint pain. The most common problematic muscle in this case is popliteus, and pain in this muscle can be quickly resolved using  Active Release Techniques ®.

Stuck Meniscus

As a knee flexes, the meniscus needs to move posteriorly to help distribute the body’s weight. Often times a meniscus will get stuck and not move, causing an uneven distribution of weight and increasing the likelihood of a a meniscus tear. A quick examination and 5 minutes of manipulation and pressure can restore meniscus movement.


Sometimes an injury or scar on the knee joint can result in nociceptor dysfunction. Nociceptors are nerve receptors that inform the body of danger, and can powerfully alter our movement – causing limb withdrawal and inhibition of large groups of muscles. Fixing this involves proper stimulation of the involved receptors and initiating a neural reset using P-DTR.

Hip and Ankle

Often times the true source of pain originates from improper mechanics of the joints above and below the knee. Improper articulation of the subtalar joint or weakness and inhibition of the glute muscles can lead symptoms typically diagnosed as patellar tendonitis.

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