Hip & Knee Pain Relief
Hip and Knee Pain
Hip and knee pain are a common problem for many people as these large joints have a demanding task. They must be able to bear the full weight of your body while at the same time allowing for a wide range of motion. Activities like walking, bending, standing, lifting, and stairs, just to name a few, can cause excessive pressure on your hips and knees. Hip and knee pain can cause restricted movement, changes in how you move or walk, or reduce strength and endurance of the muscles that support those areas.
Hip and knee pain can be caused by general wear and tear, being overweight, injury, and muscle imbalances. Some of the common causes of hip and knee pain are:
Sprained or strained ligaments or muscles
A muscle strain or ligament sprain can occur when the muscles or ligaments around the joint are stretched beyond its limit or tear. Strains and sprains can be mild, moderate or severe and can impact your ability to move your knee or hip.
A condition that causes inflammation or irritation of the tendons (a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle) that may result from overuse or repetitive activity.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis that affects the knees and hips. It is a degenerative process where the cartilage (cushion) at the end of the bone in the joint gradually wears away. It often affects middle-age and older people. OA may also be caused by excessive stress on the joints due to repeated injury or being overweight.
Physical therapy is a great non-surgical option for treating hip and knee pain. When meeting with your physical therapist they will help to identify the cause of your pain. Once this is figured out, they will help create a customized plan of care for you. Treatment consists of:
- Hands-on treatment to loosen muscles and joints.
- Education on proper walking and movement in your daily activities.
- Instruction on stretching and strengthening exercises to restore mobility, strength and stability.
- Modalities like hot/cold packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, etc.
Choose a pain-free life
So if this is something you have been struggling with then request an appointment at Total Function Physical Therapy PC to see how we can help you reduce your hip and knee pain and get you back to the activities you want to do.
We will help you get started on the road toward long-lasting pain relief.