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Pain Behind Knee when Rising or Walking

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How People Describe This Pain Pattern

Straightening Leg

People complain of pain behind their knee when rising from a chair, walking or getting out of the car. They tend to use their arms when getting up. Often, it is less intense after a few steps.

The pain tends to be more intense and lasting if they have been in a car or theater seat for long periods.

Steps and Sports

People also complain of this pain when stepping onto a stool or climbing stairs. At times, It can bother them during lunging movements in sports. Additionally, it can flare up when over-extending the knee.


People tend to be awakened by pain when sleeping. Changing position may help. At times, walking is needed for relief.

How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern

Figure 4 leg cross with the supporting leg pressing into the seat.

Pressing into the seat

This is aggravated when the seat presses into the back of the leg. This happens when the chair is too big for someone with short legs. Frequently, people think that extending their legs while driving helps. Conversely, this aggravates the condition by pressing into the seat.

Car Accidents

Researchers were surprised to find that this trigger point is aggravated in a surprising number of car accidents.

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

Clinically Proven
Self-Care Strategies

Self-Care Posts have common sections to make them easy to follow and understand:

  • Activities to Avoid or Change
  • Strategies for Quick Relief
  • Stretches and Exercise for Longer-Lasting Relief
  • Yoga Corner

Therapy Notes for Massage and Bodywork

Better 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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