Physical Therapy for Knee Pain: Get Moving Once Again
Knees are one of the most important parts of the body, and it is essential to keep them strong and healthy. Knee pain can be frustrating and debilitating, stemming from a vast variety of joint conditions and injuries that can affect your ability to function properly in day-to-day life. Fortunately, physical therapy is an evidence-based practice that helps to reduce pain, improve mobility, build strength, and gain back quality of life.
Treatment plans are tailored to the individual and may include therapeutic exercises, manual therapy techniques, and modalities like heat or cold therapy to relieve symptoms. Your physical therapist will create a treatment plan that works best for you, in order to help you manage and relieve your knee pain.
For more information on what to do when experiencing knee pain, schedule a consultation with our physical therapy team today. Give us a call at (732) 812-5200 to get started.
Understanding Mild vs. Severe Knee Pain
As stated by the National Health Service, knee pain can often be treated at home, but if the pain is severe or unbearable, then you should seek emergency medical services. After first noticing discomfort in your knee, avoid bearing any weight on it. This will prevent your injury from worsening before you are able to get it assessed. You should also apply ice to the affected area, in order to reduce inflammation and aid in pain relief.
If your knee pain is mild, you may start feeling better in a few days. However, it is still a good rule of thumb to consult with a musculoskeletal professional, just to make sure there isn’t an additional underlying issue that should be addressed. If your knee pain does not improve within a couple weeks, or if you begin to notice locking, painful clicking, or a sensation of the knee “giving way” while walking, be sure to schedule an appointment to see which therapeutic methods are best for your specific needs.
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms along with your overall knee discomfort, we recommend seeking emergency services:
- Severe or “stinging” pain
- Inability to move the knee or put any kind of weight on it
- Severe inflammation or swelling
- Redness or heat surrounding the knee
- Misshapen changes of the knee
- Fever or “hot and shivery” sensation
Gentle Exercises for Knee Pain
Gentle exercises prescribed by our experienced physical therapists can help relieve and alleviate knee pain. Movement can reduce inflammation in the joints, promote healing, rebuild strength, and improve overall quality of life. Low impact activities, such as walking, cycling, and swimming, are best for keeping the joint moving without putting too much stress on it.
Physical therapists often use stretching exercises and specialized equipment to help individuals achieve their desired goals. Strengthening exercises can also be beneficial, such as wall squats and leg lifts. Your physical therapist may also prescribe balance exercises, in order to help maintain proper joint stability and movement control. Lifestyle modifications or at-home exercises to manage your symptoms outside of your sessions may be advised to aid in the recovery process.
It is important to work with your physical therapist to develop a suitable exercise plan that focuses on improving mobility and function, while also helping reduce pain. If you are experiencing severe or chronic knee pain, be sure to consult with your physical therapist before trying new exercises, as they can recommend specific movements that will work best for your personal needs and goals.
Ready to Rid Yourself of Knee Pain?
Your physical therapist can advise you on exactly what to do when experiencing knee pain. Schedule a consultation to discover how you can find relief. Reach out to ProFysio Physical Therapy at (732) 812-5200 today!