Kinetic Hygiene - Knee Mobility
Yes, it is true that based on the joint by joint model we have been referring to, the knee is a stable joint.
But just because it's main function is stability, doesn't discount the importance of knee mobility.
We all know the knee must extend and flex, yet we often over look the minute, yet important motion that is tibial external and internal rotation.
Even though we don't typically see this motion happen, it is extremely important for function - particularly the screw home mechanism - which refers to the tibial rotation that occurs with locking and unlocking the knee.
Lack of tibial rotation, especially IR is common in many patients I see with knee pain and occurs in 100% of post op patients.
Tibial Rotation with Foam Roller
1️⃣Place a foam roller between your knees. This will ensure you are not moving the femur during this movement.
2️⃣Keep your feet flat on the ground and try and rotate your lower leg as far as you can without compensating.
3️⃣Rotate your lower leg all the way inward, past neutral (again, without compensating).
5️⃣Keep in mind, the intent should be from the knee, not the foot.
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