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How can weak thigh muscles contribute to knee pain?

The knee is supported and suspended by the thigh muscles or quadriceps. The stronger these muscles are the more they can help counteract knee pain caused by injury or arthritis. It is also extremely important to strengthen these muscles before and after surgery on the knee. Straight leg lifts and static wall sits are great for these muscles.

Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy Specialist

One of the biggest problems contributing to knee pain is lack of control of the thigh bone (femur). The muscles in the front of the pelvis typically become tight or dominant, consequently rotating the thigh bone inward. This often happens because of our movement habits. The muscles in the back of the hips become lengthened and/or weak due to a number of reasons, which allows the internal rotation to happen. These muscles are supposed to balance against the front pelvic muscles.

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