What Can You Expect When You Get Knee Physical Therapy?
Your physical therapist will collect important information regarding your medical history. They will ask you questions pertaining to the following:
Understanding Your Knee Pain or Stiffness?
There are more than one reason you can develop knee pain. Once you sign up for knee physical therapy, the actual reason for pain or stiffness is found out which may be caused by a sudden injury, overuse injury, or underlying condition, like arthritis. Treatment varies depending on the cause.
What Makes Your knee Pain Better or Worse?
Does your knee hurt when bending? Going up and down stairs? Bending it? These are just some of the questions that your physical therapist will ask you while taking a history.
How Long Have You Endured?
If you are suffering from chronic pain, it isn’t normal – you might be suffering from severe injury. If left untreated, it can become worse over time. No matter whether your knee pain is chronic or acute, it is always wise to consult a professional.
What Treatments Have You Tried?
Your doctors may have recommended you several courses of treatments, like medication, therapy, massage, injections or surgery. Your physical therapist will take account of all these before commencing the therapy.
Once your physical therapist conducts a solid history about your knee injury, they’ll perform an array of tests to discern what you did to your knee but to also detect any deficits. The following are just a few of the tests and measures a physical therapist will provide:
Range Of Motion Testing
A range of motion refers to how far your knee is bending or straightening. Your physical therapist may use special instruments to test the range of motion of your knee. It will help them direct treatment.
As mentioned above, your knee joint is a complex structure. There are many muscular attachments around the knee. Your physical therapist will measure the strength of these muscles while also looking for any imbalances.
Detecting the Cause of Your Injury
Although you came into the clinic for knee physical therapy, your physical therapist will want to discern why you’re having knee pain so you never have to deal with it again. For instance, many times, a knee injury is the result of lack of motion at the foot or ankle or even weakness at the hip. A good knee physical therapist will be able to discern this for you.
Functional testing assesses if your balance is impaired or excessive stress may be directed to your knee which might be causing pain. Some simple tests may include doing a squat, lunging, stepping up onto a surface, or even performing an array of balance tests.
Once your knee physical therapist detects what is going on with your knee, they’ll be able to provide an array of treatments depending on what you need. Below are just a few of the treatments that a licensed physical therapist can perform:
Do you have tight muscles causing your knee pain? A physical therapist can perform myofascial release to take the tension off of your knee.
When our muscles become weak, sometimes tape is needed to help retrain them so that they function optimally. Knee physical therapy may require this form of treatment.
At the end of the day, we want our knee pain to be resolved but we want it to function optimally. For instance, we want to be able to bend, lift, squat, or even play our favorite sport. A physical therapist can help guide you with the right exercises that you’ll need to function optimally.
Sometimes patients need proper education on how to squat, walk, or what type of shoes they should or shouldn’t wear. A physical therapist can help you do this.
When our knee isn’t functioning just like we need it to, a physical therapist will need to use manual therapy to help it function more optimally. For instance, if your joint is stiff or not moving enough, they’ll use hands-on techniques to help regain the motion. This form of treatment is essential to many patients needing knee physical therapy.
How To Get Started?
Consult a skilled and experienced physical therapist who specializes in treating patients with knee pain. It not only quickly ease the knee pain but also prevent unnecessary surgeries, painkillers, and help you return to your favorite exercise class and back to being active so that you can enjoy life.
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