Hip & Knee Pain
Hip and knee pain are common issues that can significantly impact your mobility and quality of life. These types of pain can have various causes, and addressing them often involves a combination of medical evaluation, treatment, and physical therapy
Types of Hip & Knee Pain We Treat
Osteoarthritis: This is a degenerative joint condition that affects the cartilage in the hip joint, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion.
Hip Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa sacs (fluid-filled cushions) that cushion the hip joint can cause pain on the outside of the hip.
Hip Fracture: A break in the hip bone, often due to falls or trauma, can result in severe pain and limited mobility.
Hip Labral Tear: Tears in the labrum (cartilage that lines the hip socket) can lead to pain and discomfort, often felt as deep groin pain.
Hip Tendonitis: Inflammation of tendons around the hip joint, such as the iliopsoas tendon, can cause pain in the hip area.
Osteoarthritis: Similar to the hip, knee osteoarthritis is a common cause of knee pain, leading to joint stiffness and reduced function.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee): Pain around the front of the knee, often aggravated by activities like running and squatting, can be caused by issues with the kneecap.
We help you understand the cause and work with you to find the right treatment
At Velocity Physical Therapy, helping patients identify the root cause of pain is as important as treatment.
There are numerous reasons for hip and knee pain so finding the right treatment depends on discovering the root cause.
What Can I Expect During Physical Therapy?
Comprehensive Assessment: A physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation of your hip and knee, including assessing your range of motion, strength, joint stability, posture, and movement patterns. This assessment helps determine the specific issues contributing to your pain.
Individualized Treatment Plan: Based on the assessment results, the physical therapist will create a personalized treatment plan to target your specific needs. The plan may include a combination of techniques and exercises to address muscle imbalances, joint dysfunction, and other contributing factors.
Pain Management: Physical therapists use various techniques to manage pain and reduce inflammation, including modalities like heat, cold, electrical stimulation, and manual therapy.
Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques, such as joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, and stretching, can help improve joint mobility, reduce muscle tension, and alleviate pain.
Strengthening Exercises: Specific exercises will be prescribed to strengthen the muscles around the hip and knee joints. Strengthening these muscles can help improve joint stability and alleviate stress on the affected areas.
Range of Motion Exercises: Gentle range of motion exercises are crucial for maintaining or improving joint flexibility, which can help reduce stiffness and discomfort.
Neuromuscular Reeducation: Physical therapists guide you through exercises that focus on improving coordination and movement patterns, ensuring proper muscle activation during functional activities.
Functional Training: Activities that simulate daily movements and tasks can help you regain the ability to perform these tasks without pain or discomfort.
Core Strengthening: Strengthening the core muscles can provide stability to the hip and knee joints, reducing the risk of further pain and injury.
What You Can Expect?
Balance and Proprioception Training
Balance exercises are important for improving stability, which can help prevent falls and reduce the risk of re-injury.
These exercises challenge your body's proprioceptive abilities, helping you maintain balance.
Specific stretching exercises will be prescribed to improve flexibility and range of motion in the hip joint.
These stretches target muscles around the hip, including the hip flexors, quadriceps, hamstrings, and hip abductors.
Hands-on techniques such as joint mobilizations or soft tissue mobilization may be used to improve joint mobility and reduce muscle tension in the hip area
The focus may be on pain management and inflammation reduction. Modalities such as ice or heat therapy, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation may be used to alleviate pain and reduce swelling