A locking knee is a painful experience. Typical search queries will only return results for meniscus tears and their surgical interventions. Many clinicians' input will result in the same. However, my experience is that most "clunking" and painful knee locking is specific tibia-fibular instability which can be retrained.
I show here one version of the affliction which Lyme Disease and antibiotics fomented. However, I also show how you can immediately correct it. The longterm cure is a process whereby you continue improving the skill of moving the joint through its entire range of motion (and with lateral and dynamic pressures eventually in the future) without any snapping or painful locking. Some clients with whom I've worked have a similar condition, but with the fibula. Palpating and experimenting with internal rotating and sliding pressures can resolve this as well.
The ultimate goal is to recreate deep squats and sideward movements under load without the snapping, and folded crossed-leg positioning without lock, which most people would consider fully healed. One can anchor bands or some other tether behind the body and around the front top aspect of the shin while performing squats, deadlifts, messier squats, hip thrusts, until this can be achieved with less and less assistance.
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