What Is Hip and Knee Pain?
The knees and hips are the body’s largest joints. Hip pain may be on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock. The pain may occur when resting, walking or participating in some kind of activity. Knee pain is a common complaint of many people. Its signs and symptoms may include more than just pain. There may be swelling, stiffness, instability, popping noises or the inability to fully straighten the knee. Both hip and knee pain can be persistent and limit mobility and activities.
The Causes of Hip and Knee Pain
2) Muscle imbalance/weakness
Many people have heard of bursitis in the hip. However true bursitis has been shown to be very rare and only occurs in 10% of cases of hip pain.
The most common causes of knee pain are:
1) Patellofemoral Pain (Kneecap pain)
2) Sprained ligaments including ACL and MCL
3) Mensicus tears
Knowing what is causing your knee pain is the first step in treating it. Our Diagnostic tools such as gait analysis, Ultrasound Imaging (Pictured left) and EMG/NCS allows us to identify what the cause of the pain is and also its severity. This allows us to focus our treatment to your problem.
How Physical Therapy Can Help Hip and Knee Pain
Research has shown that those with hip and knee pain benefit from physical therapy. One study compared patients with manual techniques and mobilizations to people who just did exercises at home to reduce hip and knee pain. The patients who went to physical therapy had twice the pain relief compared to those who didn’t undergo physical therapy. The manual techniques of physical therapists also improved daily mobility and the quality of life.
Physical therapists at Fyzical Hazleton uses specialty treatments including:
Miracle Wave - Acoustis or Radial Shock Wave
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilizations (IASTM)
Myofasical Decrompression (Medical Cupping)
to help people get out of hip and knee pain and recover faster form injury. We also design specific exercise programs to target hip and knee pain.
If you’re suffering from hip or knee pain, take action. Relieve pain in knee. Contact us to learn more about how our experienced and certified physical therapists can help get you on the road to recovery. Don’t suffer in pain when we can help you.