Knee pain can turn simple tasks like walking, standing and sitting into painful experiences. Repetitive strain, trauma and injury are the leading causes of knee pain. A good rule of thumb when dealing with knee pain is to follow the R.I.C.E. principle. If your knee pain persists after a week of rest, ice, compression and elevation, a visit to your doctor or physical therapist is in order. A professional evaluation will help pinpoint the source of your pain and the necessary treatment. Below are some of the most common reasons for knee pain.
- IT band syndrome
- Meniscal tear
- Sprained ligaments
- Runner’s knee
Knee Pain in Athletes
Due to quick stops, turns and impacts, athletes are prone to knee pain and injuries. Some of the most common injuries are anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains and tears, meniscal tears, dislocation, bursitis, tendonitis, iliotibial (IT) band syndrome, and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries. It’s important to seek treatment if knee pain lasts longer than a week. The sooner you rest and begin physical therapy, the sooner you can get back to the field or court. If caught early on, physical therapy can even prevent the need for surgery.
Physical Therapy for Knee Pain
Our physical therapists will develop an individualized program to heal and strengthen your knee. Through pain management, therapeutic exercises, manual therapy and self-care education, you will decrease pain, restore mobility, increase strength and flexibility, and get back to doing what you love the most. If your knee pain is addressed early on, physical therapy may help prevent the need for surgery. Additionally, it is the best choice for those looking to rehabilitate their knee after a knee surgery. If you’re suffering from knee pain, don’t wait too long to seek professional help. Momentum Physical Therapy offers knee pain relief through physical therapy at our clinics in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Call today to schedule a consultation!