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Knee Pain - Don't Forget Popliteus

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    Stuart Hinds explains the importance of popliteus trigger points when assessing and treating "runner's knee"   Click for Details   Trigger points in the popliteus are often associated with knee pain, and too often overlooked [Latin: poples, ham] The tendon from the origin of the popliteus lies inside the capsule of the knee joint. ORIGIN Lateral surface of lateral condyle of femur. Oblique popliteal ligament of knee joint. INSERTION Upper part of posterior surface of tibia, superior to soleal line.   Popliteus - Common Trigger Point Site   ACTION Laterally rotates femur on tibia when foot is fixed on ground. Medially...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Popliteus and Knee Pain

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    Popliteus - an often overlooked muscle that takes a lot of abuse   Treating Runner's Knee (PFPS)  Getting Started With Trigger Points   Left untreated, trigger points in popliteus can lead to a number of more serious complications Machine-based exercise, such as prone leg curls, can over-stress the popliteus, causing spasm and diminished screw-home capability. This, in turn, can lead to inhibition of the piriformis and deep hip rotators, with hyperextension at the knee. Shortness of the muscle can be confirmed by observing slight flexion and internal rotation of the anatomical leg.   Popliteus - Common Trigger Point...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Popliteus

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Simeon Asher - Treating Trigger Points in Popliteus   The deep location of popliteus and it's relatively small size, mean that it is often overlooked! The popliteus muscle is a fairly small muscle located behind the knee. It runs from the lateral side (outside) of the femur to the medial side of the tibia, lying deep beneath the main calf muscle (gastrocnemius). Its role is to unlock the knee just after the heel touches the ground when you are walking or running, so that you can slightly bend the knee and absorb the impact created while hitting the ground (what...

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