Causes of Chronic Knee Pain in EDS
When you have EDS your joints often have a larger than normal range of motion. This can lead to hyperextending. One joint where this is very common is the knee. Read on to learn how you can alleviate chronic knee pain associated with EDS and hypermobility syndrome.
Identifying a Hyperextended Knee
Treating your chronic knee pain will go a long way toward injury prevention. A successful treatment will prevent injury in your knees, hips and ankles. How do we identify a hyperextended knee? We can compare it to a soft knee or straight leg. When standing with a hyperextended knee, a C curve is created in the leg. This slight curve causes serious soft tissue strain. Chronic soft tissue strain then leads to chronic pain.
Specialized Physical Therapy for Knee Pain in EDS
Physical therapists have lots of tools to help EDS patients. For one, we help you bring more awareness to your knees, legs, and posture. In this way, you can improve your leg stability. Therefore reducing chronic pain. Instability is a massive cause for chronic knee pain in EDS and hypermobility syndrome!
So what’s the first step to better awareness? Learning how to keep a soft knee. Knowing how to keep a soft knee may seem simple. Once you start paying attention to whether or not your knee is soft or locked, you might be surprised what you find! This minor adjustment actually brings major results. This is a great way to stay strong and prevent injury.
How to Keep a Soft Knee and Prevent Injury
When you keep a soft knee, you’re able to activate the muscles responsible for keeping your knees stable. This trains your brain and body to break the old habits that caused the hyperextension. Often, your quads overactivate and push your knee backwards. In PT we teach you to balance that out. To do so, there are lots of muscles to strengthen and isolate:
- Knee Stabilizers
- Adjacent Muscles
In specialized PT for EDS, you actually train your brain to learn to perceive your positioning better and correct it when needed. This will break old habits such as hyperextension of the knee. There are different types of EDS that vary from patient to patient, so it’s essential to work with a physical therapist that specializes in the condition and can tailor a program to your unique situation.
A Safe Exercise for Preventing and Chronic Knee Pain with EDS and Hypermobility
Check out our latest video for a beginners’ exercise you can expect when starting your PT for EDS program. As always, consult with your physical therapist before beginning any at-home treatments or exercises.
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