PT Provides a Natural Solution to Hip and Knee Pain 

Hip and knee pain are among the most common types of pain that people experience; they are among the top pains reported by adults in surveys conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

So, if you’re suffering from hip and knee pain, you’re not alone. Whether your knee hurts, your hip hurts, or you have pain in both joints, you are well aware that this pain can make it difficult to live the life you want. 

Fortunately, physical therapy can help significantly with pain relief. If you’re curious how you can benefit from physical therapy, contact Movement Physiotherapy & Performance today to schedule an appointment with our dedicated staff.  

How will my hip and knee pain be treated in physical therapy?

Your hip and knee pain can be treated in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:

Individualized Exercises

The exercises prescribed by your physical therapist for hip and knee pain will be tailored to your specific needs. Because knee and hip pain can have many different causes, it is critical to use the appropriate exercises for each individual’s needs. 

You will begin by performing physical therapy exercises under the supervision of a physical therapist. They want to make sure you can do the exercises safely – and you may need help getting through them at first. You may eventually be assigned exercises to do at home on your own. 

The exercises will be designed to strengthen your muscles and increase your range of motion. They will eventually assist you in better supporting your hip and/or knee, resulting in less pain.

Hot and Cold Therapies

Your physical therapist may use heat and/or ice to help reduce inflammation and pain.

Movement Education

Your physical therapist may help you learn new ways to move so that you avoid injuring your joints in the future.

Unlocking Pain Relief 

Once the root cause of your pain has been determined, it is time to begin treatment. A physical therapist may use a variety of techniques to treat your pain.

Evaluating Your Strength and Range of Motion

You may feel relatively strong in your legs and hips, but many small muscles may be weaker than you realize. 

Your physical therapist will lead you through a series of exercises to identify any weaknesses that may be contributing to your pain. 

You will also perform range of motion exercises to determine how far your joints can be moved comfortably.

Searching for Abnormalities

Palpation is a technique used by physical therapists to detect potential problems around your joints. Your therapist will have the ability to detect when something is out of place. 

The pressure they apply will also reveal if you are sensitive to touch anywhere near the joint.

Examining Your Gait

The way you walk can reveal a lot about your condition and its causes to a physical therapist. Your therapist may ask you to walk a short distance while observing the various indicators of gait issues. 

You may be unaware of the various signs you exhibit while walking, but your physical therapist will be able to identify any gait issues.

Discover long-lasting relief in physical therapy

Are you frustrated by your hip and knee pain? Sometimes it seems like this type of pain will never go away, especially if you’re constantly moving

However, there are ways to reduce your pain in the long run. It may take some time and effort on your part, but physical therapy has been shown time and again to help patients of all ages and backgrounds reduce hip and knee pain. 

Why does physical therapy provide such long-lasting pain relief? There are several reasons for this, including: 

  • Making an active lifestyle possible. Chronic hip and knee pain can be significantly alleviated by regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle. To exercise, you must, of course, be able to move without significant pain – something that physical therapy makes much easier. Your physical therapist can help you dramatically improve your hip and knee pain and teach you how to exercise safely so that you don’t injure your joints. Physical therapy can help you regain strength and mobility so you can live a more active lifestyle.
  • Eliminating unhealthy movement patterns. Many times, the pain in your hips and knees is caused by poor movement patterns. These could have been learned over time or have developed as a result of an initial injury. These unhealthy movements put additional strain on your joints, leading to additional pain and injuries. Your physical therapist will assist you in identifying unhealthy movement patterns and will advise you on how to replace them with patterns that will protect your joints from further injury.
  • Preventing further injuries. One of the most frustrating aspects of joint pain is that it never seems to go away completely. Even if you rest for a while and feel better, the injury may flare up all over again once you try to become active again.  However, with physical therapy exercises, you can strengthen your muscles. Your increased strength allows your muscles to better support your joints, reducing the likelihood of further joint irritation.
  • Treating your pain at its source. If you only treat the symptoms of a hip or knee problem, you almost certainly will see the problem reoccur later on. However, if the source of the problem is identified, it is possible to treat the underlying cause of the pain. Physical therapists have a process for determining the causes of hip and knee pain so that they can provide you with targeted treatments that get to the bottom of what is causing your pain.

Physical therapists are trained to assist people in situations similar to yours. Your therapist can help you regain functionality and mobility – as well as reduce your pain caused by various injuries and illnesses. 

Physical therapists are extremely knowledgeable about the causes of hip and knee pain and have a wide range of treatment options at their disposal for these types of pain.

Relief is possible today

Are you tired of experiencing hip and knee pain? A path out of your pain is possible with Movement Physiotherapy & Performance. Our Uniontown, PA therapists have the tools needed to treat your pain at its source, ensuring that you experience long-lasting relief. Why wait to start feeling better? Contact our clinic today!