Your hips and knees are the largest joints in your body. While many people may experience hip pain or knee pain on their own, it is also common to experience them together as well. You may first notice hip pain on the outside area of the hip, along the outer buttock or upper thigh area. Hip pain can occur whether you are at rest, walking or during any other type of physical activity. Knee pain is another very common reason why people visit our physical therapist each day. In addition to chronic pain, other common symptoms of knee pain include stiffness, swelling popping, and general instability. Many physical therapy patients also find that it is difficult or even impossible to fully straighten the knee as well. If you are experiencing hip pain or knee pain, call our offices today to schedule a free physical therapy consultation.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON CAUSES OF HIP AND KNEE PAIN?
Although the hip joint is very durable, it can become worn down over time due to age or overuse. As the hip joint becomes more worn down, you are much more likely to experience chronic hip pain. Additionally, a slip and fall can cause the bones in the hip to break and arthritis affects the cartilage in the hip as well.
Some other common causes of hip pain include:
- Hip fractures
- Work injuries
- Tendon or muscle strain
- Certain Cancers
- And more
Like hip pain, knee pain is often associated with the normal aging process or overuse. However, chronic knee pain can also be the result of damage to the bony structures that make up the knee joint like the fibula, tibia, and femur. Damage to the cartilage and ligaments can also send patients to the physical therapist in search of fast pain relief. Other common causes of knee pain include:
- Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)
- Sports injuries
- Auto accident injuries
- Torn meniscus
- Medial plica syndrome
Additionally, if the knee joint somehow becomes dislocated due to a sport or work injury, it can result in lasting knee pain.
HOW DOES PHYSICAL THERAPY in SaLisbury HELP TREAT HIP AND KNEE PAIN?
If you suffer from ongoing hip or knee pain, physical therapy can help to manage your pain while restoring strength and improving your overall mobility. This safe, effective and non-invasive treatment method is also prescription drug-free, making it ideal for patients of all ages. Studies have shown that the manual techniques and mobilizations used in physical therapy can not only reduce hip and knee pain but reduce inflammation, restore your natural range of motion and strengthen the hip and knee joints.
Our physical therapist will work closely with you to design a physical therapy treatment plan that fits your individual needs. By targeting the root cause of your chronic pain instead of simply treating your symptoms, you can enjoy fast pain relief. For better results, our physical therapist may also recommend using both at-home exercises and passive treatments like heat and ice therapy or electrical stimulation to reduce your chronic pain. While other more invasive treatment methods may call for surgery to relieve your hip and knee pain, this holistic treatment option is safe and gentle. In fact, many people who do end up electing to have surgery to correct a hip or knee injury will still need to use physical therapy to recover and reduce pain.
COMMON KNEE CONDITIONS WE TREAT in Salisbury
ACL repair, meniscus repair, total knee replacement
Knee surgeries are common for major injuries. Physical therapy treatment will allow you to recover quickly and safely following surgery.
Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS)
Overuse of connective tissues that are located on the outer part of the thigh and knee is called Iliotibial Band Syndrome. It causes pain and tenderness in those areas, especially just above the knee joint. ITBS is the most common cause of lateral knee pain in runners and cyclists.
Runner’s knee/Jumper’s knee
Jumper’s knee is often seen in people who do lots of jumping (i.e. basketball, volleyball, racquet sports, track and field). Pain is typically felt just below the knee cap, partly on the bone and partly on the tendon. Runner’s knee pain is felt on the sides or under the knee cap.
Any activity that causes you to forcefully twist or rotate your knee, especially when putting your full weight on it, can lead to a torn menisucs. Physical therapy has a high success rate of helping avoid surgery with meniscus injuries.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR HIP AND KNEE PAIN
If you or a loved one is suffering from a debilitating hip or knee injury, physical therapy can help! Our experienced physical therapist has the tools necessary to create a tailor-made treatment plan that will quickly help to reduce your pain and support natural healing without the use of prescription pain medications. Contact our friendly team online today for more information or to schedule an initial consultation.
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After having my first total knee replacement in December of 2021 the ATP team worked to get me in shape to have my other knee done in April of 2022. Now that have completed all of my therapy I feel great they did a wonderful job at getting my movement and flexibility back. The entire staff is great to with and will everything in there power to get you back to normal. I would HIGHLY recommend using their service after any injury or surgery.
Accelerate Therapy and Performance is the best of the best for physical therapy! They are beyond amazing and so awesome at what they do! This group of highly experienced physical therapists will make you a personal plan with excerises and stretches to fit your needs and work with you to reach your goals and more, they will walk with you every step of the way through your journey of healing and go above and beyond to help you reach all of those goals! I have been going to Accelerate for about 3 years now, my journey in physical therapy began as a knee injury and after I healed from that I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which has affected my mobility, strength, as well as being in pain a lot. I see Dr. Brittany Clodfelter there, Brittany has helped me to stay mobil and to get stronger and has encouraged me and helped me to reach so many goals and still continues too! Brittany is amazing, she encourages me to keep reaching for my goals even when things get hard, I wouldn’t be where I am today with my mobility, strength, and independence without her hard work and encouragement. I would highly recommend Accelerate Therapy and Performance to anyone who is in need of physical therapy, wether you have a injury, medical condition that affects your mobility, if your in pain and looking for some relief and much more, this is the place to go so look no further!! Also the atmosphere there is so welcoming and everyone is treated like family and everything is focused on each individuals personal needs, it’s an all around 5 star experience! Brittany and all the other physical therapists truly are the best around!