Scar tissue in the knee joint can lead to knee pain. How to eliminate knee pain by breaking up scar tissue is a common question I get from many knee pain sufferers.
Scar tissue is nothing more than connective tissue or fascia that builds up in the knee at the sight of an injury. If you’ve ever cut your finger, it’s the hard gristly tissue that forms underneath the skin when the body is healing itself.
Scar tissue is the body’s way of protecting the knee from getting injured further, sort of like a brace or cast to keep the body in a safe place. Which is great when the body is first injured but can become problematic when the damaged tissue is healed and now you want to go back to living your life like it was before the knee injury.
The first way to break up scar tissue is directly. That would look like using a knuckle, elbow or something hard that is putting pressure on the scar tissue to break it up. This can be effective and it can also be very painful. Depending on the amount of pain the body is in it can also leave the knee in more pain than it was before you started working with it.
The second way to break up scar tissue is indirectly. That is a little more difficult to describe. Think of a ball of knotted up yard, now think of looking for the loose parts of the yarn that are easy to pull apart and work with, without having to fight with the ball of yarn at all. These are the loose strings of yarn come apart without much effort that makes the entire ball of yarn shrink. Thus the size of the build of of scar tissue shrinks as well without causing any pain.
Unfortunately we are conditioned to only know the direct way of dealing with scar tissue and many times the body just isn’t prepared to let go of the pain that’s in the scar. The direct approach ends up leaving the body in more pain than before.
From my perspective it’s important to create comfort (indirectly) in the scar tissue allowing the body to begin to unwind and let go of the tension in the scar tissue which begins to give us a “foot in the door” to begin working with the scar tissue directly because the pain level has been reduced enough in the area of the knee to begin working with the scar this way.
Without this holistic approach to dealing with knee pain many chronic knee pain sufferers end up getting caught in a chronic doom loop of more pain, more tension and reduced range of motion in their knee, their body and their life.