Hip, Knee & Leg Pain Relief
Get Rid of Your Hip and Knee Pain With Our Safe and Effective Methods
Your legs (including your hip and knee) are areas in the body where several muscles, tendons, and joints are joined together to help you achieve complex movement. If there is damage (injury, condition, etc.) and pain in these areas, it can be difficult to perform daily activities. There are several specific ways that HealthQuest Physical Therapy can help can help relieve leg, hip and knee pain.
Common conditions we can help:
The structures in your hips and knees are very similar, therefore they can be subject to many of the same injuries, stress, disorders, deterioration, and diseases. Some of the most common causes of hip and knee pain include:
- Cartilage injuries. Cartilage injuries can affect both the hips or knees. For example, hip pain can be caused by cartilage injuries known as labral tears, while inflammation of the bursa sacs, known as bursitis, is a specific condition that impacts the knee joint.
- Arthritis. Arthritis is a condition that involves the inflammation of tissues that surround the joints. This condition can cause knee and hip pain. A physical therapist can teach you correct posture and proper movement techniques to protect your joints.
- Acute injuries (Sprains/Strains). These are common in both hips and knees, such as sprains, strains, and dislocations.
- Overuse injuries. Several overuse injuries, including muscle strains and tendonitis, are common in both hips and knees. This is because the joints both experience constant use.
- Gait or stance imbalances. These can cause abnormal stress and premature wear-and-tear on your hips and knees, which can result in painful symptoms or arthritis.
- Weak or tight muscles. If you have a weak gluteus medius muscles and tight hip flexor muscles, this can cause the hip to rotate inward without you realizing it. Because of this, abnormal stress can be put on the knees, resulting in painful conditions, such as patellofemoral stress syndrome or iliotibial band friction syndrome.
- Referred pain. Pain may also develop as a result of referred pain from a pinched sciatic nerve since the nerve travels through both areas.
Why do I have hip or knee pain?
The hips and knees are two very different types of joints: the hips are ball-and-socket joints that act as a support for your upper body weight, while the knees are hinge joints that allow for the forward-and-backward motions within the joint. Believe it or not, the knees actually support more of your weight than the hips do, as they allow you to stand, walk, run, dance, etc. Your hips and knees rely on numerous muscles and tissues to maintain their proper function and mobility, and when things aren’t working correctly, you may experience hip or knee pain.
People can experience hip and knee pain together or separately. The hip and knee joints work together to provide the optimum function for the lower extremities; however, sometimes a condition resulting in pain with these joints can cause their function to go awry.
Sometimes hip or knee pain originates within the respective joint; however, it is also possible that the pain you feel in your hip or knee may be rooted in a different part of the body. For example, a problem with the hip joint may transmit a pain signal to the knees, and vice versa. Since the hips and knees are both parts of the same kinetic chain, they make up a combination of weight-bearing joints that must function together in harmony in order for your body and posture to function properly. If one part of the kinetic chain is out of balance, stress may be placed on another joint.
How physical therapy can help
No matter what condition you have, a physical therapy program can help relieve your pain. Your physical therapist will evaluate your condition and create an individualized program to meet your specific needs. Range of motion and strength measurements may be taken during the physical therapy evaluation. The following are several treatment methods a physical therapist may use to help limit or relieve both knee and hip pain.
- Manual Physical Therapy – Your physical therapist might use several hands-on techniques to reduce pain in your hips and knees. This could include stretching exercises or a variety of massage techniques.
- Heat & Ice Physical Therapy – Heat is often used during physical therapy treatment to help increase mobility and lessen pain. A physical therapist may also use ice to reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Ultrasound Therapy – Your physical therapist may use ultrasound to provide deep healing in the tissues.
- Home Exercises – Your physical therapist can teach you exercises to do at home to alleviate your leg, hip, and knee pain. Physical therapy techniques can be incorporated into a home exercise program that can become part of your daily routine and anytime symptoms try to return.
- Additional “modalities” – Your therapist is trained in many tools and techniques to help you get back to doing what you love. He/she will utilize all/any of them! Some include dry needling, blood flow restriction, cupping and many more! Your therapist will include all or some of whatever tools that will help you in your treatment plan!
Contact HealthQuest Physical Therapy today!
If you have one of the conditions listed above or a different condition that is causing your leg, hip, or knee pain, contact a HealthQuest Physical Therapy location today. One of our dedicated Southeast Michigan physical therapists will help you!
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.