Oh also, the trainer I mentioned also highlighted that while I may have fixed my strength issues to a good extent since I first felt the knee pain 2 years ago – I might still have reactive/reflexive issues. So my muscles might not be firing with the proper timing which could result in excessive shearing forces on my knee. He sounded very familiar with this and seemed to be able to setup a program that would address it.
Most PT’s don’t seem to have this education. They almost seem to focus on the controlled environment movement. Finding this personal trainer with all this extra education is a huge benefit. I have to travel 45 minutes to see him, but I think it’s worth it if I can get rid of the knee pain and learn proper movement mechanics during intense dynamic actions.