Hey, what’s up everybody? My name’s Dr. Roger Saias. I’m the clinical director here at PA Pain and Rehab in Philadelphia.
Today I wanna talk to you about why it’s so important to have muscle balance in your lower extremities, especially if you’ve had a knee injury.
In the front of our legs are our quadriceps. They are these big muscles that help to extend the knee and the leg. On the back of the leg are the hamstrings, which help flex the knee and bring the foot back towards to buttocks. Finally, in the lower part of your leg is the calf muscle.
All these muscles are important. All these muscles have a direct attachment or effect on the knee.
If there’s an imbalance in any of these muscles, whether it’s on both legs or on one leg, especially on the side of a knee injury, it’s going to affect how the whole body works.
When your lower extremities aren’t functioning properly, it causes everything above, including your hips and your pelvis, to not be working properly or not be in alignment. Over time, you will
lose range of motion in the joints of your spine which will affect your nervous system.
In our offices, one of the ways that we help to improve the balance of the lower extremity muscles is by doing rehab and therapeutic exercises with our doctors. Our doctors are trained to not only take care of and rehabilitate the spine with chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and mobility training but we’re also trained to
affect the lower extremities.
If you’ve had a knee injury, you’re limping, you just feel off, you don’t feel right, and you just feel your body continuing to get worse and worse and you start having problems in other areas besides your knee, this is a perfect time to give our office a call.
The longer you wait on an injury, the longer a joint doesn’t move properly, and the longer the muscles, tendons, and ligaments stay out of balance, the harder it is to fix, and the more problems that you set yourself up for later in life like arthritis and degeneration.
Those things are no fun.
The knee is a necessary part of your body, for day-to-day activities but also for many leisure activities. We want to have fun, we want to have a good quality of life, and when you’re having a lower extremity issue, it takes all the fun out of things.
Don’t wait any longer. Let’s see if our doctors can help you get back on track, get back to the quality of life that you love, and be happy again.