Back of your knee pain? Could be your popliteus muscle


(picture courtesy of Essential Anatomy app)

Let’s talk knee pain. Pain behind your knee, especially after multidirectional activities, could be irritation of a small, but very important muscle called the popliteus. Remember, the knee is just not a simple “hinge joint” but rather has a small but critical amount of tibial internal and external rotation.

Trouble with knee buckling, swelling or pain in the back of the knee, or difficulty with full flexion or extension warrants an evaluation and assessment of the popliteus. Let me know if you have any questions~

Ed Deboo, PT

Integrative Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy, Bellingham, WA

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