Hip and Knee Pain Relief
PAIN RELIEF NOW
This is the way your body lets you know that you something is wrong and needs attention. Pain can originate from different parts of the body but as physical therapists, we mainly deal with musculoskeletal pain.
What is musculoskeletal pain?
Musculoskeletal pain is pain that affects the muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones.
Types of Musculoskeletal pain
This is resolved itself most of the time within two weeks with little or no help.
When acute pain does not resolve itself it turns into chronic pain and people are forced to seek help. Chronic pain can affect you more than just physically; it can hurt you psychologically as well.
Many professionals treat musculoskeletal pain condition (acute/ chronic pain). Some are classified as main stream/ traditional or alternative/natural. Main stream practitioners are your family physicians, specialized physicians (orthopedics, neurologist) and alternative clinicians such as chiropractors, alternative healers, acupuncturists and naturopathic. People find it is very confusing to choose the best course of treatment, medicine, alternative medicine or surgery. Which one will work best? Consider this. Are you going to pull a nail from a wall using a screw driver? No, because that’s not the right tool. To do a job right you need the right tool. If our body has a chemical (imbalance) problem it needs to be treated chemically, like if you have infection you are treated with antibiotics. Likewise, a mechanical problem can only be treated mechanically and most of the musculoskeletal problems are mechanical in origin. This is the reason in many chronic pain conditions, pain medication does not work. A severe mechanical problem should be corrected with surgery.
Furthermore, pain in a woman will be different than pain in a man.
So back, shoulder pain etc. when treated the same way for both sexes (cookie cutter type approach) does not work because the pain itself is not what needs to be assessed, it’s the pattern of the pain that’s important. When the correct pain pattern is recognized we can not only relieve the current condition we can prevent future problems.
We are the bridge between traditional and alternative medicine.
We are nonsurgical, noninvasive pain experts.
We treat the cause and source, not the symptom which produces better, longer lasting results. If your pain condition is not being resolved and you are frustrated with your pain and the idea of surgery, in most cases, we can relieve your pain and spare you the inconvenience of surgery. No matter how old your condition is or what diagnosis you have been given, we will get results for you. You do not have to take our word for it, read some real testimonials of our patients.
Rule of Thumb
- Whether you choose traditional or alternative medicine, you should get some relief after the first visit.
- If you do not have lasting pain relief after two weeks, the type of treatment you chose is not right for you.
- Your practitioner should be able to predict your outcome at the time of your first evaluation (not “try and see”).
- Significant improvement in pain and function by the end of the first or second week.
- You should not have to do the same thing over and over while simply hoping for relief. Instead, you should be able to take care of your self after you are discharged and feel significant relief.
- Try every nonsurgical method possible before agreeing to invasive methods!
- Get informed! Nobody cares about you more than yourself! Ask questions too, informed patients are the best patients.
I had neck pain for many years, after 5 visits the pain is gone. (Dennis, Herrin, IL)
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.
Some knee pain can ease on its own. However, if you notice persistent pain, you should contact a physical therapist. Many people try to push through the pain that they feel; however, this can actually cause an issue to worsen and become more problematic. Sharp or dull pain in the knee should be paid attention to and not pushed through. If pain persists, especially for three months or longer, it is in your best interest to contact a physical therapist, as that can be an indication of a chronic condition.
Knee pain can be debilitating, making it difficult to walk, run, and move. While exercise can certainly help heal the root cause of your knee pain, it is important to make sure to only do so under the discretion of your physical therapist. Your treatment plan will largely consist of targeted exercises and manual treatments; however, additional pain relief modalities may also be added as your physical therapist deems fit. This will help you improve any problem areas and prevent further injury from occurring.
Our licensed 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. After your physical exam is complete, your physical therapist will prescribe a physical therapy plan for you, aimed at relieving unnatural stresses and strains, and normalizing your joint function. Treatment plans for knee pain typically include activity modification, manual therapy, strength and capacity training, range of motion restoration, graded exposure to previously painful activities, and patient education regarding activity modification.