Frustrated With Knee Pain ?
Do You Experience Any of These Symptoms ?
- Soreness when walking down hills?
- Pain when trying to bend or squat to the ground?
- Issues walking up or down the stairs?
- Painful clicking or cracking with bending or straightening your knees?
- A feeling of weakness or instability in your knees?
- Absolutely not! It is true that there could be some natural breakdown of cartilage in the knee overtime but with proper movement mechanics there should be minimal pain in the knee if there is no history of trauma or acute injuries in the area.
One tip to reduce pain you may be having in your knee is to make sure your knee is lined up directly above your foot and not caving in while doing stairs. You can do this by squeezing your glutes and slightly pushing your knees outwards until they are lined up with your feet. A tip to fire your glutes, especially while going up stairs is to push up through your heel with each step.
Getting assessed will help give you more clarity on your injury and help to prevent your injury from getting worse as well as bringing you towards rehabbing your injury completely. A few general things you can do at home to prevent your injury from worsening is a regular light stretching and low impact strengthening routine.
While osteoarthritis is a possibility for some people it does not mean it is a life sentence of pain. There are multiple other areas that can be assessed, treated and rehabbed to reduce the total amount of pain and decrease your limitations!
Some acute knee injuries require a brace that will likely be prescribed by your doctor or therapist until a surgery date or for use while you are doing sports. If you have a neoprene sleeve that you wear you should have it on for activity when you might feel instability in your knee but you should supplement this with a strength and stability program where you eventually will no longer need the brace.
The knee has a couple multi joint muscles making it a very complicated joint. Making sure that you have a good balance of stability and mobility in the joints above and below the knee is a great start to reduce risk of knee injuries. You should also be very deliberate with the position of your knee during movements so you are not causing undue stress on any side or structure of your knee.
How we are Different with Treatment
- If you have a knee injury you might be used to being attached to machines during treatment. Our therapists understand the importance of certain modalities but will often choose a more hands on approach to work with the tissues and get to the root of the problem rather than just numbing pain for a short period of time.
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