As you get older, your knees are something that might start hurting. If you are an avid skier, golfer, skateboarder, or athlete of any kind, your knees may have suffered some injuries during your day. If you are working on your feet every day, your career could have contributed to your knee pain as well. In any case, it is important to get your knees feeling great so that you can once again enjoy your active lifestyle. Our physical therapy experts will be able to help you get the most out of the physical therapy for your knees.
Understand what type of knee pain you are dealing with
The two most common types of knee pain that you will be dealing with are pain related to chronic overuse or pain related to an injury. It is important for or physical therapy professionals to determine the cause of your pain. X-rays or other examinations may be needed to narrow down the cause of your pain. Once the cause of your pain is determined, our physical therapists will be able to craft a plan that will reduce your pain and strengthen your knee at the same time. Keeping a pain journal might be something that could help, too. Our physical therapists could look at this and have a better gauge of what physical therapy could help you the most.
Determine the location of your knee pain
There are many different locations your knee pain can be. Sometimes it is localized and other times it is very generalized. The inability to straighten your knee fully is something that will many times tell you that you are having a problem with your ligaments. However, a popping or cracking sound regularly may show that you are having trouble with your ACL, meniscus, etc. While you may be able to get a general feel for the location on your own, our professionals will be the ones that will be able to truly narrow down your location. Once a location has been determined, a plan of action will be much easier to formulate.
Set your expectations for your physical therapy for knees
Our professionals are going to be able to help you with your knees. However, it is always important to set your expectations. Your knees aren’t going to magically feel better just after a few workouts. Working your way back to your active life will be a process that should take time. Remember to follow the guidance of your physical therapist and not overextend yourself.
Walking is essential when trying to heal your knees
Walking is one of the best things that you can do for your knees. It is a low-impact training that will help you build supporting muscles and gain mobility in your knees. When it comes to physical therapy for knees, this will be a great way for you to get your knees back in shape. Simply walking to the store instead of taking your car can be a great way to start having your knees feel better.
Cycling and swimming are great physical therapy for knees
If you are looking for a very low impact physical therapy for your knees, try out biking or swimming. You will find that without the constant impact of running, this could be a great alternative to get your cardio. A pass to your local gym or rec center could be just what our physical therapists order. While we will be able to help you at our offices learn the correct swimming and cycling techniques, it is important that you continue to do these down the line.
Building supporting muscles is essential
Squats, leg lifts, toe raises, and other leg exercises are essential to physical therapy for the knees. Strength training for your knees may seem counter-intuitive. However, it will build supporting muscles that will take the pressure and work off your or knees. It’s important for you to really follow the lead of your physical therapist so as not to overtrain and injure your knees.
Finding the right physical therapists will make all the difference
Each patient is going to have their own way of healing. We have a large group of professionals who can fit your needs. We will be able to match you with a physical therapist who will be able to guide you through your healing process. Our initial appointments will be used to match you closer to a great physical therapist. This will give you the ability to focus and work on getting your knee healed. On our website, you will be able to see our amazing team. Each member has a quick bio that will tell you more about them. You can see the friendly faces that will help you through your recovery process before you even come to our office for your first visit.
You must create great habits with your physical therapy for knees
When you see results with your physical therapy for knees, you may be tempted to just enjoy the results and not continue on with the work. However, this is not the way to go. This will bring you back to a place where you are battling knee pain on a regular basis. Make sure to create great habits with your physical therapy so that you can continue to enjoy the results of better knee health.
When you are dealing with knee issues, this is something that can really slow you down. Getting back on your feet, quite literally, is what we help with. Whether you need your knees for your job or for the things you love, it’s time to get your life back on track. We will craft a physical therapy plan that will reduce your pain and raise the quality of your life. Instead of continuing to feel the pain, give us a call today. We will be able to get you back to the life that you love. Knee pain will just be a distant memory, not a constant distraction.