Knee pain can really put a damper on your life. It can keep you from doing the things you want to do, and prevent you from making some really great memories.
What Is The Cause Of Your Knee Pain?
Your knee is a hinge joint that can only move forward and backward. Did you know that to squat, your knees must support six times your body weight? Your knees should allow you to perform movements like standing, walking, running, and dancing with ease if they are operating properly. If your body is not properly aligned, it will not allow you to do the things you want it to without pain.
Knee pain can be brought on by a number of things, included but not limited to:
ACL injury –
There are four ligaments that connect our thighbone to your shinbone, the ACL being one of them. An ACL injury is usually common in people who play sports, like soccer, basketball, or other sports that require sudden changes in direction.
If you have a fall or experience a car accident, the bones of the knee, including the kneecap (patella), can be broken. You can also experience a knee fracture just by simply taking a wrong step if you have weakened bones by osteoporosis.
Torn meniscus –
The meniscus is known as the shock absorber between your shinbone and thighbone. If you suddenly twist your knee while bearing weight on it, this tough, rubbery cartilage may tear.
Knee bursitis –
Inflammation in the bursae, the small sacs of fluid that cushion the outside of your knee joint, can occur as the result of a knee injury, preventing the tendons and ligaments from gliding smoothly over the joint.
Patellar tendinitis –
Tendons are the thick, fibrous tissues that attach muscles to bones. If they become irritated and inflamed, tendinitis can occur. The patellar tendon, which allows you to kick, run and jump, runs from the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone. Patellar tendinitis usually occurs in runners, skiers, cyclists, and those involved in jumping sports and activities.
How Can A Physical Therapist Help Relieve My Knee Pain?
Knee pain does not have to hold you back any longer; physical therapy can help. During your first appointment, one of our physical therapists will examine your knees for signs of misalignment or structural damage, and evaluate your stance, posture, gait, and range of motion. A customized treatment plan will be designed to relieve unnatural stress and strain on your knees, and together you will work to improve your overall joint function so you can get back to living your normal life with more flexibility and less pain.
You will be given specific exercises to improve the stability of your knees and relieve your pain. Joint mobilization may also be included in your treatment plan to improve joint movement or other soft tissue treatments that relieve pain and promote healing of damaged tissues.
The physical therapy treatments might be able to help you avoid having to undergo costly and painful surgery as well.