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Pain Along Inside of Knee on Steps

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How People Describe This Pain Pattern


People complain of a knee that buckles with pain when they climb stairs. More severe cases may cause the knee to buckle while walking. This buckling can lead to a fall while reaching for things on the ground.


If this condition has become chronic, they may complain of more bothersome pain. In addition, it may create a toothache-like pain in the knee during sleep.

One might expect this knee problem in the elderly, but it is also a frequent complaint in children.

How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern

Roughing Your Kicker

Most often, the trigger point is activated by some jarring movement or trauma to the knee.

The jarring movements can directly impact the knee or imbalance the foot. This trigger point often activates from a foot problem. This knee pain is a common problem for athletes after a rough landing or fall.

Blow to the knee

Additionally, this becomes more active from a blow to the knee. If the foot is already stiff, it can be as simple as bumping into a desk. In most cases, the pain comes from a more severe blow. I had this knee problem after a car accident where my knee hit the dash. In my practice, it is more often a problem where they’ve taken an unexpected step.


Research says that it can also be a result of kneeling. Specifically, the research mentions kneeling on a hard surface, prolonged kneeling, or working on your knees.

The Musculoskeletal Anatomy Behind Your Pain

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

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This post on anatomy contains standard information about the origin, insertion, function, and innervation of muscles. Additionally, it includes information on functional considerations and anomalies.

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Getting Relief on Your Own

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Self-Care Strategies

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  • Strategies for Quick Relief
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Therapy Notes for Massage and Bodywork

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Therapy Notes provide details for cranial, spinal, and local joint work. These notes also link to a traditional neuromuscular protocol.

By treating integrative components first, direct work on the muscle becomes less intense while providing longer-lasting relief.

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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sees clients. He has written materials and instructed classes since the mid-90s. This includes anatomy, trigger points, cranial, and neuromuscular.

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