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Is Physical Therapy Your Key to Overcoming Hip and Knee Pain?

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Are painful joints a new aspect of your daily routine? If you have a hip or knee that just can't support your body weight without distracting aches or agonizing pains, you may be unable to get active, perform your job, play sports, handle simple household tasks, or even find a comfortable sitting or sleeping position.

At Back In Motion Physical Therapy & Performance, we understand how frustrating this situation can be. You may be in so much pain that you’re considering relying on prescription painkillers just to make it through the day. Or maybe you’re considering undergoing invasive joint replacement surgery. Fortunately, there is another, natural solution. Physical therapy has proven time and time again to be highly effective in treating hip and knee pain.

Why Am I in pain?

Your hips and knees perform a lot of labor over the course of a lifetime. These joints are responsible for withstanding the majority of your body weight — when you're standing still, and also as you walk, run, climb or jump. From a physical therapist’s perspective, it's not surprising that a variety of injuries and ailments can negatively affect the knee and hip joints. Your aches and pains may be a result of:

  • Bursitis – Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that prevent friction between bones and soft tissues in the hips and knees. Unfortunately, misuse of the hips and knees can cause bursitis, a painful condition in which these sacs become inflamed.
  • Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the cartilage that prevents the ends of the bones in a joint from rubbing together. This causes friction, which leads to chronic pain and inflammation.
  • “Runner's knee” – An unstable kneecap can cause chronic knee pain. This condition is known as patellofemoral syndrome or “runner's knee.”
  • Strains, sprains and ruptures – Muscles, tendons, and ligaments allow the knee and hip joints to move. A strain (damage to muscles or tendons) or a sprain (damage to ligaments) can be caused by repetitive motion or an acute injury (hyperextension of a ligament). ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) ruptures can be especially dangerous for athletes.

Some soft tissue pain can occur even if you haven't been injured or experienced a traumatic physical event. For example, if you've had your arm in a sling for a long period, a condition called adhesive capsulitis, sometimes known as “frozen shoulder,” can cause your shoulder to become unusable.

Hip or knee discomfort can be aggravated by a variety of health or lifestyle issues. For example, being overweight can cause a hip or knee to be overworked due to musculoskeletal misalignment or postural imbalances. Muscle weakness can result from a lack of activity, setting the foundation for chronic tension and joint instability.

Physical Therapy Techniques for Pain Relief and Optimized Function

Are you looking for effective ways to recover from injury, relieve pain, or improve your overall physical function? Look no further than the modern treatment techniques offered by physical therapists.

Gone are the days of passive treatments like hot packs and ultrasound. Today's physical therapists utilize a variety of cutting-edge techniques to help you achieve your goals. From manual therapy and joint mobilization to neuromuscular re-education and therapeutic exercise, there are a wide range of evidence-based approaches available.

In fact, physical therapists are experts in musculoskeletal health and movement. They work with you to develop individualized treatment plans that address your specific needs and goals. Whether you are recovering from surgery, managing a chronic condition, or trying to prevent future injuries, physical therapy can help you optimize your physical function and enhance your overall quality of life.

So why settle for outdated treatments when you can benefit from the latest advancements in physical therapy? Contact a licensed physical therapist today to learn more about how they can help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

Get to the Root Cause of Knee & Hip Pain

To effectively treat knee and hip pain, it is essential to first identify the root cause of the issue.

This typically involves a comprehensive evaluation by a healthcare professional, such as a physical therapist.

During this evaluation, the healthcare provider will assess your joint mechanics, muscle strength and flexibility, and overall movement patterns.

They may also perform diagnostic imaging, such as MSK ultrasound, to further assess the joint and surrounding tissues.

By understanding the underlying factors contributing to the pain, such as joint degeneration, muscle imbalances, or poor movement mechanics, the physical therapist can develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses the root cause of the issue rather than just the symptoms.

This approach can help to alleviate pain, improve joint function, and prevent future injuries or complications.

Knock Out Your Pain Today – Contact Back In Motion for Relief!

The sooner you talk to a physical therapist about your knee or hip pain, the better. Research shows that patients who work on their hip or knee pain in physical therapy within 15 days after symptoms arrive have less need for pain injections, medications or surgical intervention.

However, it’s never too late to benefit from physical therapy, no matter what stage of pain you're in. Contact our skilled therapists at Back In Motion to get started on the road to pain relief! We have physical therapy offices in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, & Estero.

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