Lower back pain might be the most common orthopedic ailment but sore knees aren’t far behind. The knee is designed to work just fine for life, but poor standing, walking, running and jumping mechanics, too much sitting and biomechanical compensations for old injuries combine to bedevil the joint.
Or, should we say, the soft tissues around it. When the knee gets ticked off, we automatically assume the problem lies in the joint itself. And yet the majority of knee-related issues originate in stiffness in the tissues upstream and downstream. By mobilizing these we can feed slack into the neuromuscular system, relieving the tension on the knee and pain that results.
I asked Dr. Kelly Starrett to give us his top 5 moves to sort out those creaking knees. Spend at least two minutes per side on each one, breathe calmly from your diaphragm and back off if you feel any nerve pain. You’ll need a tennis or lacrosse ball to work the muscles, or a mobility tool.