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Back, Hip and Knee Pain Can Share a Surprising Root Cause

Want to address the root cause of pain instead of just symptoms?

Let's say your knee pain flares up. So you take it easy, or put on a brace, and it goes away… only to come back a few weeks later. This is what happens when we address the symptom and not the root cause. Just like a weed in a garden: if you only ever trim the leaves, the weed will persist. You must pull it out by the roots!

Symptom- high blood pressure or cholesterol

Treatment- prescribed medication

Root Cause- lifestyle factors, diet, and lack of activity

Symptom- Fever brought on by the flu

Treatment- take an over the counter medication to stop the fever,

Root cause- the fever is the body’s immune system trying to kill the virus, halting the fever is working against the body’s natural defense.

Symptom- Knee Pain

Treatment- slap on a brace or take a pill and hope it gets better.

Root cause- a movement issue usually at the foot or our hip causing pain at the knee.

Addressing the root causes of health issues

There is a paradigm level shift happening in health. We are no longer only addressing symptoms but the lifestyle factors associated with them: Diet, Posture, Movement, Stress, Sleep. Addressing these anchor points of health allows the body to heal and countless benefits to take place, with little to no treatment necessary. Why it’s taken us so long to work with the body, rather than against it, is a topic for another time.

Getting to the root of chronic pain

The conventional approach to medicine evolved from a time of acute issues, a broken bone, a heart attack, or infection. Over time as we have grown increasingly unhealthy, we have applied the same model to chronic issues like diabetes, heart disease, and pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Chronic pain is a leading cause of why people seek medical care in the first place; with 30% of Americans (Nearly 100 Million people) saying they suffer from some form of chronic pain. That is more than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes COMBINED!

Getting at the root of the problem to reduce back, hip, and knee pain

Healthcare likes single-problem, single-solution treatments. You have a symptom, you’re given treatment for that symptom. That is not how pain works, that is not how our bodies work. We can see this in the adverse effects of drugs. For example, taking an NSAID for pain can cause issues to the stomach lining due to the fact that our bodies are systems within a system and incredibly complex. If that wasn’t enough, the cause of chronic pain is challenging to diagnose. Pain can be mental, emotional, or physical, and usually, it's a mixture of all three. This has resulted in an over-reliance on prescription opiates, causing a secondary epidemic.

Understanding the causes of chronic pain in your hip, back, and knees

Knowledge is Power, in the case of chronic pain, knowledge is the first step on the road to a cure. Learning about the pain you have and its most common causes will lead to you identifying and changing the lifestyle factors that are keeping you in pain. If your back hurts and you sit all day, you must learn how to undo all the sitting. If you can’t run because you get knee pain, something is out of alignment, and you must learn how to realign yourself.

The first step to solving hip, back, and knee pain

The internet is full of fixes for whatever your issue is, most of them falling short of their claims. That brace or that shoe insert is still only addressing the symptom, not the root cause. On the flip side, there are incredibly complex programs to gain flexibility, strength, or mobility. These are great and do work. Unfortunately, they are usually complex and require a lot of time and commitment. Where is the middle option!?

The most common problem that no one is talking about is the iliopsoas…

We all like simple solutions. Hailing a cab was inefficient, so Uber stepped in. Steve Jobs didn’t like that his daughter only had 12 songs in her pocket and the iPod was born. We want it simple, and we want it to work. The problem is that the body does not usually work this way. Remember, the body is composed of many systems working together. When it comes to chronic pain; however, there is a very common culprit across the board, the iliopsoas. Basically the filet mignon of the human being.

The iliacus along with the psoas make up the iliopsoas which connects your upper body to your lower body. It pulls down on your low back, and up on your femur, the thigh bone. The iliopsoas can affect breathing, organ, and proper nerve function. It’s the fetal position muscle, meaning stress can cause it to tighten up. Sitting, driving, running, over-stretching, sports, and driving can create pain caused by tension in the iliopsoas.

So basically, everything we do in our daily lives impacts a muscle that can be responsible for both your knee and neck pain. Yet no one is talking about it!?

Releasing tension in the iliopsoas is the simplest solution to fixing your back, hip, and knee pain

You have found it, the simplest solution to fixing your back, hip, knee, or chronic pain. By getting this muscle to relax, your body will fall back into its natural alignment. Alleviating more issues than we can list: ranging from knee pain to orgasms, yes, orgasms, perhaps I should have led with that line.

Let’s come back to our theme of root problem vs treating symptoms so that we can really drive this point home.

  • Root Problem- Tight Iliopsoas
  • Symptoms- Big Toe Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain, Shin Splints, Knee Pain, Leg Tingling and Numbness, Functional Leg Length Discrepancy, Idiopathic Scoliosis, Hip Pain, Si Joint Pain, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Back Pain, Sciatica, Lumbar Disc Problems, Breathing Issues, Digestive Issues, Mid Back Pain, Winged Scapula, Shoulder Pain, Elbow Pain, Arm Tingling and Numbness, Upper back pain, Rounded Posture, Neck Pain, Migraines, Tension Headaches, Pain induced Mood disorders
  • Treatment- Fix the Iliposoas instead of chasing the symptoms.

Does this make sense? If you just keep clipping the weed it will persist forever, you need to pull that sucker out from the root. That’s why healthcare, fitness, wellness, nutrition, physical therapists, and chiropractors are all shifting to a holistic, root cause treatment methodology. We don’t need to rely on repeat customers anymore treating their symptoms 1-2x a week forever. There are too many people in chronic pain for that model. We need to teach people how to fix themselves so that we can all live more and hurt less.

Learn to realign your pelvis and release your psoas and iliacus

If you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned in this article or even one that is not. The Book Tight Hip Twisted Core is the first step to learning about how a misaligned pelvis can be the cause of your issue.

The Hip Hook is the only tool that has been designed and patented to release both the psoas and the iliacus muscle.

With both of these products, you will be armed with the knowledge and the tool to eliminate your symptoms and finally tackle the root cause of your pain.

Frequently asked questions about the root cause of pain

What is the difference between a symptom and a root cause?

A symptom describes what and where you are feeling something (such as pain or discomfort) happening in your body. The root cause describes WHY the issue that is resulting in those symptoms is occurring in the first place. For long-term improvement with pain, it is important to be addressing the root cause and not simply managing the symptoms.

What is a common root cause of back, hip, and knee pain?

Generally speaking, the human body works best when it is in good alignment. Our muscles support the movement of our bodies and also hold us in alignment. When muscle imbalances begin to develop (e.g. as the result of past injuries, or based on the activities we perform on a regular basis, etc.), the alignment of our bodies begins to change. Being out of alignment makes our movement patterns less efficient, compensations develop (possibly furthering the imbalance), and gradual wear and tear may occur within the body's structures. If left unaddressed over a longer period of time, pain may start to develop in the body.

By Christine Koth . Mon Jul 06

Author Bio

Uncovering the cause of your pain is my mission. As a bestselling author and holistic physical therapist with decades of experience, I have helped countless people, just like you, recover from long-standing issues. I've discovered a major cause of pain hidden in the hip and this has lead to my "Iliacus Queen" and hip expert status. I'm here to help you discover causes like this. It doesn't have to be complicated to live a pain-free life. We can do this. I look forward to supporting you on your healing journey.