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Popliteus tendinitis

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The Popliteus is a small muscle located at the back of the knee joint. An injury or strain to the muscle or tendon can cause pain at the back of the knee.

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The popliteus muscle is responsible for internal rotation of the shin bone as well as for unlocking the knee joint when bending the knee from a fully straightened position. Pain in the popliteus muscle can arise from overuse.

Symptoms of a popliteus issues include pain at the back of the knee joint. There will be tenderness when pressing in at the back of the knee. Pain will be reproduced when the knee is bent against resistance whilst the lower leg or tibia bone is rotated outwards. Commonly, tight hamstrings may play a part.

Overuse of the popliteus muscle develops gradually and are common in runners. They tend to be due to biomechanical issues and tight hamstring muscles are often partly to blame.

Treatment of popliteus tendinitis
Rest from aggravating activities. Complete rest may not be necessary but avoiding anything that causes pain or makes the injury worse should be avoided. Ice or a cold pack can be helpful.

Hamstring stretches can be done several times a day as long as pain allows. Hold stretches for 20 seconds at a time and repeat 3 times. Deep tissue massage to the muscle by a chiropractor may be beneficial.
 

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