Common Questions Regarding Hip/Knee Pain

hip and knee pain Nov27th 2020

What is a meniscus?

The meniscus in your knee helps to provide cushion at the joint where the two bones meet. The meniscus can be torn with forceful twisting or rotation. This may result in pain, stiffness, swelling, or clicking of the knee. Sometimes, people will have surgery to repair the meniscus, but often, physical therapy can help reduce symptoms and avoid surgery!

What are the ligaments of the knee?

You have 4 major ligaments of the knee, ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), MCL (medial collateral ligament), LCL (lateral collateral ligament). These ligaments help to give support to the knee. They can be injured and result in a sprain or tear. Depending on the severity of the injury, physical therapy can help reduce symptoms and increase the stability of the knee. Sometimes, surgery is required after a tear. Physical therapy is important following the surgery to help regain strength and motion and help you return to all of your activities!

I have arthritis of the hip/knee, can physical therapy help?

Yes! Arthritis will typically result in joint pain and stiffness, inflammation at joints or limited range of motion throughout affected joints. Physical therapy can help treat the symptoms of arthritis and work to decrease pain and stiffness, increase motion, and increase strength of the hip/knee. Sometimes, people with arthritis will choose to have a joint replacement. Physical therapy is very beneficial following replacement to help decrease pain and increase strength and motion!

Why do I have numbness and tingling in my leg?

Numbness or tingling in the buttocks, thigh or calf is a symptom of nerve involvement. Meaning that, the nerves that travel in your leg to help you move your leg or foot, either has pressure on it somewhere it shouldn’t, or is not moving as freely as it should. This can typically happen with hip or low back pain and tight muscles surrounding the hip joint. Our physical therapists can help with numbness and tingling by reducing the tightness in the muscles surrounding the joint and help to get the nerves moving like they should!

Why should I go to physical therapy for my hip/knee?

A physical therapist will do a thorough physical exam of your hip/knee to find weakness or restrictions in movement that may be related to your pain. They will look at how you walk and how your back moves to see if your pain may be coming from your back or feet. Following a thorough assessment, they will come up with an individualized plan to address your specific restrictions or limitations.

What will a session of physical therapy for hip/knee pain consist of?

Our physical therapists will work with you based on your specific needs. They will help to address pain, limitations in motion, or any strength deficits you may have. At our clinic, you will receive one on one care from only a physical therapist, no assistants or aides. Your treatment may consist of manual therapy, cupping, scraping/IASTM, dry needling, therapeutic exercises, etc.

How do I know what exercises to do to help my hip/knee pain?

When you schedule a visit with us, our therapists work with you to develop a personalized home exercise program consisting of therapeutic exercises to target your specific needs!

Do you have hip or knee pain?

If you have any questions regarding shoulder pain and/or would like to start treatment – give ProTailored Physical Therapy a call today at (260) 739-0300!