The knee joint functions as a hinge joint with the primary responsibility of bending and straightening the leg. The knee depends on the hip, ankle and foot to maintain proper position during movements and is at particular risk during pivoting motions of the lower body.
What Causes Knee Pain?
Knee pain can be the result of an injury (e.g., twisting or falling which causes damage to cartilage, ligaments, or the bone) or general “wear and tear” injuries such as osteoporosis or tendonitis.
You are most at risk for knee pain if you:
- Have a history of traumatic injury
- Have a family history of osteoarthritis
- Are an athlete
- Perform a physical job that requires repetitive squatting
Common Knee Conditions
Our Physical Therapists will develop a customized treatment plan to relieve your knee pain and restore mobility. The most common knee injuries that are effectively treated with physical therapy are:
- Ligament Sprain
- Cartilage Tear
- Anterior Knee Pain
Our team of Physical Therapists treats patients using evidence-based treatment techniques that speed recovery time while reducing the risk of recurrence of knee pain:
- Manual therapy to decrease pain, increase range of motion, and improve function
- Therapeutic exercises to strengthen hip muscles that will decrease knee stress, thigh muscles to improve function of the knee, and ankle stabilizers to improve balance
- Functional exercises that are tailored to your activity level
- Self-management education to reduce chance of recurrence
Common Knee Surgeries
Some knee injuries do not respond to physical therapy alone. In these instances, surgery is required and physical therapy is a follow-up treatment strategy. The most common knee surgeries are:
- Total knee replacement
- Ligament reconstruction
- Menisectomy or cartilage removal