Knee Pain Relief
Do You have Knee Pain? Get the Help You Need with Physical Therapy
You Don’t Have to Live in Pain. Get Care from Our Experienced Physical Therapists.
Does your knee hurt and make it challenging to get up from or down to the floor, climb stairs, do your yard or garden chores, or complete your daily workout? Does your knee feel like it locks, or may give out at times? Knee pain can seriously limit your daily routine and activities, especially if you’re dealing with both at the same time!
Get the care you need and stop living in pain. Call us to request an appointment for physical therapy at Rose City Physical Therapy, centrally located in Portland, OR. Our physical therapists can find the root cause of your problem and treat it based on sound evidence and with an individualized plan of care to meet your goals. Contact us today to learn more.
Why do I have knee pain?
Knee pain can be simple and straightforward in its cause and care, or complex and emanating from the low back or sacroiliac joint, and more challenging in how to treat it. Imbalances in posture, the lumbopelvic complex, stance or in gait (walking or running) can cause abnormal loads and altered biomechanics which can cause pain in hips and knees. These abnormal loads and imbalances over time catch up to us and lead to painful conditions such as arthritis.
Overuse injuries occur with cumulative repetitive stress and load on tissue and can cause problems such as tendinitis and muscle strains. A single incident acute injury can cause strains of the surrounding muscles or tendons, or ligament sprains, or even dislocation.
Other causes of knee pain include injury to the cartilage; known as the meniscus at the knee. These injuries are almost always the result of an injury during cutting and pivoting activity.
Our skilled and educated Portland, OR physical therapists here at Rose City Physical Therapy know how to treat these painful conditions and will have you feeling back to your old self in no time!
What causes my knee pain to develop?
Pain felt in the knees may originate in the joints themselves; it may also be a result of an underlying condition in another part of the body. Your knees are part of the same kinetic chain – the lower extremity – meaning they make up a combination of weight-bearing joints that are dependent on one another in order to function properly. Tightness or weakness at one joint in the lower extremity can affect adjacent joints or joints further down the chain. Research supports the fact that weak gluteal muscles at the hip have a profound effect on the knee and ankle, and can predispose one to injury. For example, tight hip flexor muscles – the psoas and iliacus – and a weak gluteus medius muscle can cause the hip to rotate inward, and you may not even realize it’s happening! This can lead to painful conditions such as iliotibial band friction syndrome at the outside of the knee, or patellofemoral stress syndrome (knee cap pain).
How can physical therapy help my knee pain?
Our physical therapists at Rose City Physical Therapy are highly trained and will complete a comprehensive examination of your hip or knee , as well as examine your balance, gait, posture, and functional movement to determine the best plan to get rid of your pain and back in action.
Treatment will primarily be an active approach – mobility, strengthening and functional movement exercise and activity. Early on the aim will be to reduce your pain and gain comfort during sleep, daily activity and work. Exercises for relieving your joint pain, strengthening weak muscles, balance imbalances and stabilizing any weak hip or knee area will be a main focus of care. Exercises will vary depending on your specific condition and individual needs. For example, research has demonstrated that people suffering from patellofemoral syndrome (pain located behind the kneecap) respond better to exercises that focus on strengthening the knees, rather than just focusing on the knees by themselves.
Core exercises may also be suggested for you to do in order to strengthen and activate your core, diaphragm, lower back muscles, lower abdominal muscle groups, and pelvic floor muscles. Core exercises are meant to improve your posture, support your spine during activity, and reduce the amount of weight you carry on both sides of your body. We lean toward core exercises that are integrated into specific lower extremity functional activity and exercise versus those lying on the floor in static positions to work the core.
Manual therapy techniques may also be used if indicated to help restore soft tissue tightness and limited joint mobility or range of motion. These passive treatments are the exception and not the rule. It’s important that an active approach is the main focus of rehab for long-term success.
Contact Rose City Physical Therapy For Relief
Are you ready to bid knee pain farewell? Contact Rose City Physical Therapy today to request an appointment with one of our dedicated Portland, OR physical therapists, and get started on the path toward long-lasting pain relief. Your knees will thank you!