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Physical Therapy for Knees

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Knees Physical Therapy

Like your feet and hips, your knees provide essential mobility. When you suffer a knee injury or illness, it limits your life and causes pain. Fortunately, physical therapy for knee pain in Brooklyn can reduce or eliminate the pain while strengthening the joint. And for knee replacement patients, physical therapy speeds your healing time. Get back to your daily routines. Return to an unlimited active lifestyle. Visit Brooklyn Physical Therapy Center for a thorough exam, targeted knee pain treatments, and physical rehab.

Knee pain is a debilitating condition that can have numerous causes. A bad knee can dramatically alter your life, depending on the pain’s severity. Because knees are delicate, injuries are common, especially inactive adults. The conditions and diseases that cause knee pain include:

  • Baker’s cyst
  • Bone tumors
  • Bursitis
  • Chondromalacia patella
  • Dislocation
  • Gout
  • Meniscus tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Torn ligaments
  • Knee arthritis

Except when you’re lying down, you use your knees for every physical activity. That includes standing, walking, running, crouching, jumping and changing direction. The first step you should take after feeling any pain in your knee is to talk with your doctor or physical therapist. Get a firm diagnosis before starting any treatment.

Treatment After Your Pain Begins

Your knee is supported by the surrounding bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons and ligaments. These components work in harmony to keep your knee functioning properly within its range of motion. If any one of these components is injured or limited by disease, you feel knee pain of varying degrees as a result. Naturally, engaging in high-impact activities increases your likelihood of an injury, but simply banging your knee against a hard surface in a fall can lead to a potentially serious injury.

Treatment of the affected knee is specific to your ailment, age and lifestyle. Physical therapy for knees strengthens any deficiencies in the surrounding muscles of your knee that were weakened by the injury or disease. PT also increases your overall strength by challenging you to do exercises you might never do otherwise.

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Knee Exercises for Physical Therapy

Your PT treatment at Tri Physical Therapy Center may consist of a variety of knee pain therapy options. Physical therapy offers a tailored approach to your pain. At the beginning of your exercises, it may feel difficult because you’re working your bad knee, but the long-term benefits are worth any momentary discomfort.

Some of the most effective PT exercises leading to recovery from knee pain are simple. You can do them at home or during a break from work. They don’t take much time, and all age groups can accomplish them easily enough. You don’t even need any workout equipment!

The muscles surrounding your knee need strengthening to increase the joint’s stability. Physical therapy exercises focus on the quadriceps and hamstring muscles.

Some physical therapy exercises for the knee your physician may give you to do may include:

  • Lying leg raises
  • Lying hamstring stretches
  • Half squats
  • One-leg dips
  • Wall squats
  • Side leg raises

The Physical Therapy Journal published a study in which 134 patients with Osteoarthritis were assigned randomly to either physiotherapy or a home therapy group. Both groups were assigned the same exercises, the physical therapy group was supervised and assisted by a clinical PT specialist while the at-home group was not. After four weeks, Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) scores increased by 52% in the physical therapy group and only 26% for the at-home therapy group.

This study shows that visiting an expert physical therapy specialist for your pain treatment increases pain management results significantly.

Other Physical Therapy Options

Ultrasound is another physical therapy tool used to promote healing. It’s a deep-heating treatment for conditions such as sprains, strains and tendonitis. Your physical therapist uses a handheld ultrasound device, called a sound head, to administer treatment. Some gel is applied to the area around your knee, which helps your skin and muscles absorb the heat of the ultrasound waves.
Electrical stimulation and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can aid in decreasing pain around the injured tissue area. This form of physical therapy gently contracts muscles around your knee to teach them how to function properly again.

Get Help to Ease Your Knee Pain

Some knee problems, such as knee arthritis, require advanced treatment methods. Arthritis isn’t limited to older people either, as athletes can develop arthritis from repetitive impact and stress through sports like football, rugby, basketball, soccer and hockey. Physical therapy for knee replacement helps you get back to your daily routines faster and more efficiently.

If you’ve had knee replacement surgery, PT for knee replacement helps you overcome the initial pain and stiffness. You don’t have to live with knee pain for the rest of your life. With the right combination of physical therapy treatment and exercise, you can have an active, pain-free life.

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