The knee is a hinge joint between the hip and the ankle and foot. Hinge joints like to be aligned and only move in one direction. So if your knee is not aligned or if you repetitively lock the knee in a backwards position, it is very possible that your knee is complaining. Body parts complain by causing us pain. Pain is a wakeup call that something is not right, and we need to pay attention and do something different. So look at your knee in the mirror and notice if the thigh bone looks like it is nicely aligned over the calf bones. Does the knee cap seem tilted to one side or the other? Now turn sideways. Again, does the thigh bone line up over the calf bones, and do they line up nicely over the ankle an arch of the foot. Oftentimes we stand with our knee “locked” in what we call a hyperextended position. The kneecap is not strong and engaged, and there is no strength holding the knee joint. Just noticing this and stopping to engage the muscles around the knee to support it can make a big difference. Noticing is the first step. You can’t fix what you don’t notice. So get friendly with your knee, notice, listen, and watch.
The creation of this website is an ongoing journey. Soon there will be more information available here about knee health. Until then, the Save Your Knees Kit described in our store will give you a great education and be your best tool.