How to reduce knee pain with physical therapy

How to Reduce Knee Pain

Our knees are responsible for supporting a heavy load. As we walk, run, jump or do pretty much any other physical activity, our knees are critical for basic leg movement and stability, which can put them under enormous stress. This is exactly why knee injuries are so common, particularly among athletes, from football and basketball players to gymnasts, golfers and runners.

The relatively delicate arrangement of connective tissue, muscles and cartilage that connect the lower leg to the upper leg are prone to a number of specific injuries, including strains, sprains and tears. If knee pain develops, it is important to be cautious and seek immediate assistance from a qualified health professional. 

The importance of proactive knee pain treatment

Timely treatment and taking proper rest can mean the difference between a minor injury improving in a short period of time and that injury developing into a more serious problem that requires more intensive treatment such as surgery. For almost any case of knee pain, physical therapy can be a highly effective form of treatment. 

Take a moment to read over the following information, and don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. 

Physical therapy methods to reduce knee pain

A physical therapist is an expert in the musculoskeletal system and how it all works together to allow for basic movement. Patients seeking knee pain relief can receive a thorough examination to identify the sources of pain and potential movement and postural issues that could be contributing to injury.

A physical therapy program consisting of exercises, stretches, hands-on therapies and other techniques can help reduce knee pain in the following ways:

  • Strengthen supporting muscles to reduce the stress being placed on the knees
  • Stretch and mobilize the joint and connective tissue to increase flexibility and comfortable range of motion
  • Help with balance and stability to reduce movement issues that placed increased stress on the knees 
  • Provide instruction on proper posture, form and warmups that athletes and the active can implement to reduce the risk of reinjury or worsening knee pain

Patients should take a proactive and collaborative approach to physical therapy, helping their therapist by keeping a symptoms log and reporting back regarding treatments that seem to be helping. 

Knee pain treatment at Panther Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists have decades of combined experience in treating the full spectrum of knee pain causes, whether it’s a sports injury, work injury or arthritis. You can expect the highest level of compassionate care and a commitment to helping you get back to a healthy and active lifestyle when you come to us for relief. 

To learn more and schedule your initial appointment, contact our caring and dedicated team today.