HIP & KNEE PAIN RELIEF
How is physical therapy a non-surgical alternative for hip and knee pain?
Your hips and knees are the largest joints in your body connecting a large number of muscles, bones, and ligaments. That means that much of the daily abuse that your body takes can ultimately impact your hips and knees. And when these crucial joints begin to show strain, it can become difficult to move much at all — at least without pain. For that reason, it’s important to seek medical attention for hip and knee pain as soon as possible. Often, physical therapy can be the key to avoiding surgery and reducing medication reliance.
How can I decrease hip pain?
Hip joint compression and surrounding soft tissue irritation are common culprits for hip pain. Hip pain can also result from other nearby structures such as the sacroiliac joint and lumbar spine. We will perform a thorough evaluation to screen for these issues. Based on this evaluation and existing medical tests, we’ll work on flexibility and strength exercises as well as give you movement strategies to manage the pain. We’ll employ appropriate manual therapy techniques to foster a better healing environment for the hip.
What can I do about knee pain?
Knee pain can be the result of progressive cartilage loss, joint instability from ligament damage or repetitive soft tissue irritation. In addition to any diagnostic studies ordered by your physician, our thorough assessment will guide the treatment process. Our physical therapist will provide targeted exercises to improve strength and mobility while reducing your pain. As with many other treatment areas, manual therapy techniques and treatment modalities also spearhead our approach.
When you’re ready to begin working on methods for getting rid of your knee and/or hip pain, contact Given Sports & Physical Therapy in Crystal Lake, IL today. A thorough and skilled evaluation at our facility will immediately put you on the right track to recovery. suggest a course of treatment.
Your knees are hinge joints that allow for the forward-and-backward motions within the joint. The knee is one of the largest joints in your body, made up of a complex system of bones, tendons, and ligaments. Because of this, the knee can be easily injured due to overexertion or repetitive motions. Additionally, knee pain can be caused due to an underlying ailment. Some of the most common causes of knee pain are sprains, strains, fractures, tears, dislocation, tendinitis, bursitis, and arthritis.
Some knee pain can ease on its own. However, if you notice persistent pain, you should contact a physical therapist. Many people try to push through the pain that they feel; however, this can actually cause an issue to worsen and become more problematic. Sharp or dull pain in the knee should be paid attention to and not pushed through. If pain persists, especially for three months or longer, it is in your best interest to contact a physical therapist, as that can be an indication of a chronic condition.
Knee pain can be debilitating, making it difficult to walk, run, and move. While exercise can certainly help heal the root cause of your knee pain, it is important to make sure to only do so under the discretion of your physical therapist. Your treatment plan will largely consist of targeted exercises and manual treatments; however, additional pain relief modalities may also be added as your physical therapist deems fit. This will help you improve any problem areas and prevent further injury from occurring.
Our licensed physical therapists will examine your knee for signs of misalignment or structural damage, in addition to examining your stance, posture, gait, and range of motion. After your physical exam is complete, your physical therapist will prescribe a physical therapy plan for you, aimed at relieving unnatural stresses and strains, and normalizing your joint function. Treatment plans for knee pain typically include activity modification, manual therapy, strength and capacity training, range of motion restoration, graded exposure to previously painful activities, and patient education regarding activity modification.