Hip and Knee Pain can be Troublesome – Physical Therapy can Bring Relief
Don’t Suffer from Hip and Knee Pains Any Longer!
It is no secret that hip and knee pain can create limitations in your daily life. With physical therapy, you can relieve your pain in the easiest, safest, and most comfortable way possible.
Does instability in your hips and knees make you feel as if you may collapse without warning? Do sharp pains in those areas make daily tasks challenging? Is standing up after prolonged periods of time difficult for you? If so, ProTailored Physical Therapy can help.
If you are looking to get rid of your hip and knee pain, call our Fort Wayne physical therapy office today at 260-739-0300 to learn more about our safe and effective physical therapy services!
What’s causing my hip or knee pain?
The structures in your hips and knees are very similar, therefore they can be subject to many of the same injuries, stress, disorders, deterioration, and diseases. Some of the most common causes of hip and knee pain include:
Weak or tight muscles
If you have a weak gluteus medius muscles and tight hip flexor muscles, this can cause the hip to rotate inward without you realizing it. Because of this, abnormal stress can be put on the knees, resulting in painful conditions, such as patellofemoral stress syndrome or iliotibial band friction syndrome.
Gait or stance imbalances
These can cause abnormal stress and premature wear-and-tear on your hips and knees, which can result in painful symptoms of arthritis.
Several overuse injuries, including muscle strains and tendonitis, are common in both hips and knees. This is because the joints both experience constant use.
These are common in both hips and knees, such as sprains, strains, and dislocations.
Cartilage injuries can affect both the hips or knees. For example, hip pain can be caused by cartilage injuries known as labral tears, while inflammation of the bursa sacs, known as bursitis, is a specific condition that impacts the knee joint.
Pain may also develop as a result of referred pain from a pinched sciatic nerve since the nerve travels through both areas.
PT for hip and knee pain
If you have one of the conditions listed above or a different condition that is causing your hip or knee pain, contact ProTailored Physical Therapy today. One of our dedicated Fort Wayne, IN physical therapists, will examine your hips and knees to check for any structural damage, in addition to evaluating your gait, stance, posture, and range of motion. This will help compile important information for creating the best possible treatment plan for your needs. Treatment plans will focus on relieving pain, normalizing joint function, and relieving any abnormal stresses on your hips and knees.
Your treatment plan will include targeted stretches and exercises, aimed at stabilizing any weak hip and/or knee tissues. You will be prescribed with additional treatments as our physical therapist deems fit, including treating poor joint mechanics and tight tissues through hands-on techniques like dry needling, cupping, massage and joint mobilization to provide quick pain relief and get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.These are all aimed at alleviating your pain and promoting the healing of your damaged hip and/or knee tissues.
Why am I experiencing these symptoms?
The hips and knees are two very different types of joints: the hips are ball-and-socket joints that act as a support for your upper body weight, while the knees are hinge joints that allow for the forward-and-backward motions within the joint.
Believe it or not, the knees actually support more of your weight than the hips do, as they allow you to stand, walk, run, dance, etc. Your hips and knees rely on numerous muscles and tissues to maintain their proper function and mobility, and when things aren’t working correctly, you may experience hip or knee pain.
People can experience hip and knee pain together or separately. The hip and knee joints work in together to provide the optimum function for the lower extremities; however, sometimes a condition resulting in pain with these joints can cause their function to go awry.
Sometimes hip or knee pain originates within the respective joint; however, it is also possible that the pain you feel in your hip or knee may be rooted in a different part of the body.
For example, a problem with the hip joint may transmit a pain signal to the knees, and vice versa. Since the hips and knees are both parts of the same kinetic chain, they make up a combination of weight-bearing joints that must function together in harmony in order for your body and posture to function properly. If one part of the kinetic chain is out of balance, stress may be placed on another joint.
Relieve your hip and knee pains today
If you have been limited by your hip and/or knee pain, schedule a consultation with our Fort Wayne, IN physical therapy office today. We’ll provide you with the best methods for getting rid of your pain, so you can get back to your life!