The Hip and Knee are the largest joints in the body and also come with the largest muscles, bone and ligaments. They are also the areas of the body that we demand the most from on a daily basis. So, when these joints or muscles start to show wear it can become difficult to move around the house or enjoy our family and hobbies – at least without pain
For this exact reason it is crucial to not delay treatment for your hip and knee pain and seek your Physical Therapist as soon as possible. Time and time again, physical therapy has been able to save people from having to have surgery, take medications or painful injections and allows patients to rebound quickly from conservative treatment.
What can I do to decrease my hip pain?
The hip is one of the most common joints to cause pain. From a worn joint to pinched nerves, hip pain can be caused from overuse or osteoarthritic, but this painful joint deterioration can also be caused from old injuries. Repetitive motion sometimes leads to hip bursitis, in which fluid-filled sacs around your hips become inflamed.
Our Physical Therapists will give you a full evaluation, assessing your range of motion, level of pain, and whether the discomfort also radiates into your buttocks, thighs and groin. 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.
What can I do about knee pain?
The knee is a sensitive area of the body and one that can be injured doing almost any activity. The knee is normally exposed and vulnerable and a simple twist can lead to a serious injury as well as ongoing problems and a long recovery time. Knee pain can be caused from arthritis and bursitis or sports injuries causing a tear in your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Even a sudden twisting motion can lead to tearing the meniscus which can create a painful locking of the knee. Also, with knee injuries it is not uncommon that the change in gait or walking will lead to further injury in the foot, ankle or even back.
Our highly skilled team of Physical Therapists will evaluate your knee conditions, level of pain, and how far you can bend your knee. Physical therapy will help decrease your pain, identify the true cause of your symptoms and then promote flexibility and strong joints to allow a return to healthy living.