I was just thinking about how much I get asked why when [part A] of someone hurts I am always looking and treating other places around the body. Besides learning “the knee bone is connected to the hip bone” song when I was like 3, I have listed some random conditions below with some common ( I use this loosely) “away from the site of pain” causes.
Plantar Fasciitis: Hip tightness, calf tightness, thoracic kyphosis, weak glutes
Ankle Sprains: Weak hip abductors
Anterior knee pain (I hate this “diagnosis”): Hypomobile ankles, weak hips, tight hips, increased anterior weight shift (rounded shoulders)
HS injuries: Weak glutes
Low back pain: Tight hips, weak glutes, weak core/poor motor control, poor breathing patterns, stress, depression
Shoulder pain: Thoracic spine restrictions, weak core/poor motor control, periscapular weakness, cervical spine restrictions
Tennis Elbow: Poor shoulder mechanics –> from all those things I just mentioned under shoulder pain
Neck Pain: Thoracic/Lumbar spine motion, poor breathing patterns, prolonged positions
For those of you who know this, believe this, and practice this way I hope you agree with what I have listed. If you can think of some more conditions and their common causes feel free to leave them in the comments section. If you have come here looking for answers, I hope you have gotten a good sense that the physical therapy profession is changing and that if you are receiving care, it should take your whole body into consideration.