An Athlete’s Guide to Chronic Knee Pain – Anthony Mychal

An Athlete's Guide to Chronic Knee Pain - Anthony MychalClick Image To Visit SiteGot patellar tendonitis? Jumper’s knee (patellar tendonosis)? How about patellar mistracking? Chondromalacia? Or maybe your knees are just always in pain for reasons you don’t quite know yet?

I’m going to tell you two things you should know if you’re an athlete with chronic knee pain, but let’s start with a story.

You have a friend named Kong. Kong likes touching hot things. Don’t ask me why. That’s just Kong. He’s a weird guy.

You’re a good friend. You don’t want Kong to burn himself, so you get rid of every potentially hot thing in his house.

Not really. Because Kong is limited to a fabricated world. If he ever returns to the real world, he’s gonna’ get burned.

The root of Kong’s problem is his wacky tendency to touch hot things, not necessarily the pain he experiences as a result of his strange behavior.

You can’t run. You can’t jump. You can’t squat. Even standing up from the toilet makes you wince. Your knees are in shambles.

And there you are. In bed. Waiting for a miracle. Waiting for the physiology gnomes to tap your knee with a magical star wand.

Because, well, that’s everyone recommends. Rest. Rest. Rest some more. Rest. Rest. Rest. Rest. Rest. 

Most rehab theories are based on an arbitrary concept of being damaged one day, resting for a little bit, then being magically healed overnight.

This is true and false at the same time. Your body is amazing. It can heal itself. But as long as you still have the behaviors that forced the damage, you’re going to continually breakdown.

And if you continually ignore the root of the pain? Your short-term inflammation (knee pain, tendonitis) turns into long-term tissue degeneration (jumper’s knee… Read more…

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