Physical Therapy Treatments for Knee Pain
Minor knee issues may be alleviated with rest and minimal medical intervention, however, chronic knee pain problems can develop into debilitating conditions that make simple daily activities like climbing stairs or taking a walk quite painful and challenging. When your quality of life has been significantly affected due to knee pain, Healthfx Physiotherapy physiotherapists are available to identify the underlying cause of your problem and provide and effective physiotherapy treatments to restore mobility without the use of surgery or potentially harmful medications.
Causes and Conditions Associated With Knee Pain
Most often related to sports injuries and excessive strain due to repetitive and strenuous movement, knee pain is also associated with a range of conditions that include tendinitis, arthritis and more serious cartilage and ligament injuries that require immediate medical intervention and addressed in the long term with a customized physical therapy care plan.
The Kinetic Chain
An intricate system of ligaments, tendons, cartilage and muscle, the knee is prone to injury that may have compensatory effects on the rest of the musculoskeletal system. Ankle, foot and hip pain for example, may eventually affect the functioning of the lower leg due to the increased pressure on surrounding joints causing misalignments resulting in knee pain and knee problems. Weight gain is also a significant factor responsible for increased knee pain and excessive force on the knee. Healthfx Physiotherapy provides complete physical evaluations that pinpoint the reason behind a chronic knee issue and offer treatment plans to balance and heal the related affected areas.
Sports Injuries Associated With Knee Pain
The repetitive physical motion involved during some activity such cycling and running can eventually cause muscular imbalances due to the excessive and abnormal pressure placed on knee joints. Sports and activity when performed safely, are recommended for general health and disease prevention. Healthfx Physiotherapy physical therapists can help you prepare for your favorite activities and recover from these activities so that you can continue enjoying an active lifestyle. Physiotherapy can help conditions caused by wear and tear over time, leading to swelling, stiffness, weaknesses and any associated arthritis.
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
The most common form of arthritis in the knee, osteoarthritis is a progressive wearing away of cushiony knee cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis of the knee is another inflammatory condition that affects joint function and most often affects both knees. Healthfx Physiotherapy physical therapy care is designed for your particular knee problem and provides relief from chronic knee pain associated with a range of degenerative conditions.
Knee Cartilage Tears
Knee cartilage is a flexible yet extremely durable tissue comprised of two menisci that protect the knee joint. Although surgery is often recommended when a meniscus tear occurs, a thorough consultation with an experienced Healthfx Physiotherapy physical therapist can alleviate knee pain, help you quickly recover and optimize the healing process.
How a Physiotherapist Can Help You With Knee Problems
Our qualified physical therapist will carefully evaluate your degree of knee pain, flexibility and general mobility function. Alignment issues in other areas of the body are also carefully addressed to determine any and all underlying causes of a knee problem. Healthfx Physiotherapy physical therapist treatments include lifestyle recommendations geared toward improving mobility and relieving chronic pain.