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Hip and Knee Pain Relief

What Is Hip and Knee Pain?

The knees and hips are the body’s largest joints. Hip pain may be on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock. The pain may occur when resting, walking or participating in some kind of activity. Knee pain is a common complaint of many people. Its signs and symptoms may include more than just pain. There may be swelling, stiffness, instability, popping noises or the inability to fully straighten the knee. Both hip and knee pain can be persistent and limit mobility and activities.

The Causes of Hip and Knee Pain

Even though the hip joint is durable, the joint can get worn down with age or usage, resulting in hip pain. Bones in the hip can break after a fall and lead to hip pain. Arthritis, hip fractures, bursitis and tendinitis are common causes of hip pain. Arthritis leads to the breakdown of cartilage. It causes reduced range of motion of the hip, stiffness and pain. Bursitis occurs when the bursae get inflamed. There’s friction from the tissues rubbing together. Usually, inflammation of bursae is a result of repetitive activities that irritate the hip joint. Tendinitis is inflammation of the tendons, which are thick bands of tissues that connect bones to the muscles. Like bursitis, it’s usually from overuse.

Knee pain can result in any of the bony structures that make up the knee joint, which are the fibula, tibia and femur. Knee pain can also be caused by damage to the ligaments and cartilage of the knee. Fractures to the knee can cause pain. There may be a ligament injury that causes pain. The most common is anterior cruciate ligament injury. Often, it is due to a change of direction or sudden stop when participating in sports. Twisting the knee can cause injury to the menisci. The menisci are composed of cartilage and act as shock absorbers. If the knee joint becomes dislocated, this can also cause knee pain.

How Physical Therapy Can Help Hip and Knee Pain

Research has shown that those with hip and knee pain benefit from physical therapy. One study compared patients with manual techniques and mobilizations to people who just did exercises at home to reduce hip and knee pain. The patients who went to physical therapy had twice the pain relief compared to those who didn’t undergo physical therapy. The manual techniques by physical therapists also improved daily mobility and the quality of life.

Physical therapists also design specific exercise programs to target hip and knee pain. Patients may also undergo passive treatments, such as ice therapy, heat therapy or electrical stimulation to help reduce pain. All around, physical therapy takes a holistic and multi-faceted approach to helping patients manage hip and knee pain.

If you’re suffering from hip or knee pain, take action. Contact Us Today at Bethel, Meriden, New London, New Milford, New london, Wallingford & Willimantic, CT Centers to learn more about how our experienced and certified physical therapists can help get you on the road to recovery. Don’t suffer in pain when we can help you.

FAQs

What causes knee pain?

Your knees are hinge joints that allow for the forward-and-backward motions within the joint.
The knee is one of the largest joints in your body, made up of a complex system of bones, tendons, and ligaments. Because of this, the knee can be easily injured due to overexertion or repetitive motions. Additionally, knee pain can be caused due to an underlying ailment. Some of the most common causes of knee pain are sprains, strains, fractures, tears, dislocation, tendinitis, bursitis, and arthritis.

What can I do to relieve knee pain?

There are some actions you can take on your own to relieve your knee pain, including wearing properly fitted shoes, using hot and cold remedies, stretching, and taking breaks from physical activity when noticing painful flare-ups. However, physical therapy is the best way to find consistent, long-lasting relief for your knee pain. Through manual therapy, strength training, flexibility training, balance training, and pain-specific exercises, physical therapy can get your knees moving comfortably once again.

How do I get rid of knee pain?

Frequently consulting with a physical therapist is the best way to continually manage your knee pain. Having a regular physical therapy checkup ensures that your joints are working at their peak performance. In addition, any problems will be discovered early, preventing the onset of arthritis and joint injury. If you do have arthritis or have had surgery, then a regular physical therapy check-up is especially important, in order to make sure that your knee pain remains at bay.

How do you diagnose knee pain?

Our physical therapists will examine your knee for signs of misalignment or structural damage, in addition to examining your stance, posture, gait, and range of motion. If needed, additional tests (such as x-rays) may be conducted. This will help determine the cause of your knee pain so we can treat it accordingly. After your initial evaluation is complete, your physical therapist will prescribe a physical therapy plan specifically for you, aimed at relieving unnatural stresses and strains, and normalizing your joint function.