HIP & KNEE PAIN

Hip and Knee Pain

 

Many variety of causes for both hip pain and knee pain. The hip joint can withstand a good amount of wear or tear, it’s not indestructible. With age and usage, the hip cartilage can wear down. Muscles and tendons in the hip can also get overused. The anatomy of the knee is complex; it has bones, pads of cartilage and a joint capsule. Injury or aging can cause joint pain in the knee.

 

Causes of Hip Pain

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the main culprits of hip pain in older folks. Due to the fact that, both can lead to a breakdown of the cartilage and inflammation in the hip joint. Along with pain, there’s reduced range of motion in the hip and stiffness.

Bursitis can also cause pain in the hip. Bursae are the sacs of fluid that reduce friction. If they get inflamed, they can cause pain. Typically, it’s repetitive activities that irritate the hip joint and cause pain. Bursitis, tendinitis can cause inflammation and is usually caused by repetitive stress from movement.

Muscle or tendon strain is also a result of overuse. Repeated activities will put a strain on the ligaments, tendons, and muscles that support the hips. If any of these are inflamed, the hip won’t work normally, and there will be a pain.

 

Causes of Knee Pain

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can also cause knee pain. With the breakdown of cartilage due to osteoarthritis in the knee, the bones begin to rub against each other and cause pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the joints. It affects the membrane that lines the knees’ joints. Consequently, the end result is inflammation, joint damage and joint pain in the knee.

The knee joint is very prone to injuries. Common injuries include meniscal injuries, anterior cruciate ligament injuries, and tendon injuries. The menisci can tare if the knee is bent and twisted. Ligaments can be torn as well. If it’s not repaired, the risk of developing osteoarthritis increases. Any sudden change in direction or twisting motion can injure the anterior cruciate ligament. Most of the injuries are the result of a blow to the outside of the knee. Tendon injuries can result if the tendon is overstretched. Activities that can injure tendons include squatting, running and jumping. A dislocated kneecap is another common cause of pain in the knee. This occurs when the patella is moved out of position. It is very painful.

 

The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Hip and Knee Pain

There are many benefits of physical therapy. Improved mobility, reduction of pain, less inflammation and a better lifestyle are just a few. The initial visit to a physical therapist for pain in the hip will consist of tests, such as a gait evaluation, range of motion measurement and strength measurements. Then, your physical therapist will create a personalized treatment plan. Additionally, passive treatments may include ultrasound and ice. There will also be specific exercises to improve hip strength, pain, and mobility. For pain in the knee, tests are also done along with passive and active treatments, known as stretching. In conclusion, treatment with a physical therapist for pain in the hip or knee can result in a faster recovery and help you avoid surgery. Additionally, you won’t have to just rely on pain meds anymore.

If you have the symptoms of hip and/or knee pain, feel free to set up a detailed evaluation with one of our trained therapists.

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    Annie Beringer
    4/28/2019

    What a positive experience. I was blown away, with how willing to help me they were. I have an old brace, and wanted to tune it up. everyone in town, could care less, but they not only took it on, but made me feel respected. My new brace this year will come from them, no matter what.

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    Chris White
    6/28/2014

    Before I met Andrea, I was receiving counterstrain therapy at a different location. When that therapist retired, she recommended me to Andrea, and I haven't looked back! Nobody else has been able to so effectively treat my wide range of issues (everything from hypermobility to severe neck issues caused by a car crash) with such a friendly caring attitude! You can tell she truly cares about the health and well-being of all of her patients, and I highly recommend her to anybody seeking physical therapy or even pain relief from any issue. You won't regret it!

    I have been going to her for over five years now. Her style is to use strain and counterstrain techniques combined with strengthening exercises to best stabilize and strengthen your body. She listens to each of your concerns and can treat both the entire body and/or just a specific area. It is fascinating to feel the instantaneous relief as she works on me, and I always walk out the door feeling 10 times better than I walked in.

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    Shannon H
    10/04/2019
  • Andrea and Jesse were both totally invested in helping me be without pain and have working knees. The fitting for new shoe orthotics was quick and easy and reasonably priced. Jesse gave me exercises specifically suited to my body and issues I was experiencing. I feel like I’m fixed!!

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    Julie McElroy
    3/20/2020

    Andrea and the team at Dynamic Bracing are nothing short of incredible! Their holistic approach to patient care considers the whole person, not just isolated body parts. They are experts at using strain/counterstrain techniques to allow the body to heal and return to, or finally achieve, optimal functioning. Their model enables them to identify the source of the issue, versus treating random symptoms. I have tried chiropractic, massage therapy, and traditional physical therapy to heal my back and joints before I was introduced to the team at Dynamic Bracing. No other treatment has come close to giving me the instant relief that this has. If you are on the fence about going, I can assure you you won’t be disappointed. Their office is beautiful, clean, and tastefully decorated, (which I appreciate...it kind of has a spa feel to it). The only regret I have is that I didn’t know about them sooner!

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    Heather Connor
    5/15/2019

    If in fact you have a fall, accident or other problem
    THIS IS THE PLACE TO GET HELP. I found Andrea Baker, Arch & Jesse to be excellent in their work & the ultimate professionals at all times. Strain and counterstrain technique was new to me. This treatment was very effective, they also gave me physical therapy exercises to do at home which helped the process of recovery. I would highly recommend this office for Physical Therapy. The environment was bright and cheerful & clean. Everyone made working on recovery a real good experience. Thank you for your help.

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    5/27/2019