Your hips and knees: they’re the largest joints in your body, connecting a large number of muscles, bones and ligaments. That means that much of the daily abuse that your body takes can ultimately impact your hips and knees. And when these crucial joints begin to show strain, it can become difficult to move much at all — at least without pain.
For that reason, it’s important to seek medical attention for hip and knee pain as soon as possible. Often, physical therapy can be the key to avoiding surgery or prescription medication altogether, or rebounding quickly from those less conservative treatments.
How can I decrease hip pain?
Wear and tear of our hip joints and/or a pinched nerve are the most common culprits for hip pain.
Aging and overuse often cause inflammation of the joints called osteoarthritis, but this painful joint disease can also stem from old injuries. Most joint arthritis pain will cause anterior goin pain. Sustained and repetitive movements sometimes leads to hip pain called bursitis, in which the fluid-filled sacs around your hips become inflamed.
What’s another possible reason for your hip pain? Various nerves running to and from your hips (i.e. femoral is front of hip and thigh and sciatic is at buttock or posterior thigh) can also become pinched due to straining during exercise, falling, pregnancy or poor posture.
Our physical therapists will give you an extensive evaluation, assessing all possible areas of dysfunction and determine what type of treatment you need to move forward and live a pain-free lifestyle. Based on this evaluation and existing medical tests, we’ll work with you and your physician to get you an accurate diagnosis and determine your prognosis while giving you a plan of care to start working on the problem with a complete home exercise program.
What can I do about knee pain?
Some of the same causes of hip pain can also affect knees, including arthritis, bursitis and tendinitis. In addition, sports injuries such as spraining or tearing ligaments (i.e. ACL) or cartilage (i.e. meniscus) can lead to severe knee pain. Repetive overuse activities, especially if not a common movement, can cause quadricep or patellar tendinitis (i.e. jumpers or runners knee). It’s not uncommon for a weakness in the hip muscles or foot mechanical problem to throw your knees out of alignment and causes a pain at the knees.
Our highly trained team of physical therapist will evaluate your hip and knee issues and determine the appropriate treatment to get you back to living a pain-free lifestyle, including playing sports, working, exercising or daily activities like house chores, yard work, and gardening. In all likelihood, your physical therapy plan of care would consist of strength-building movements and exercises, as well as stretches to enhance your flexibility, range of motion and function.
Lets get started today to get you out of pain and back living life again. Call our office today to set up a comprehensive evaluation with one of our experienced physical therapists.