Pain in Knee Wilmington, NC

Hip and Knee Pain Relief

Your hips and knees are the largest joints in your body. While many people may experience hip pain or knee pain on their own, it is also common to experience them together as well. You may first notice hip pain on the outside area of the hip, along the outer buttock or upper thigh area. Hip pain can occur whether you are at rest, walking or during any other type of physical activity. Knee pain is another very common reason why people visit our physical therapist each day. In addition to chronic pain, other common symptoms of knee pain include stiffness, swelling, popping and general instability. Many physical therapy patients also find that it is difficult or even impossible to fully straighten the knee as well. If you are experiencing hip pain or knee pain, call Shoreline Physical Therapy today to schedule a free physical therapy appointment.

What Are the Common Causes of Hip and Knee Pain?

Although the hip joint is very durable, it can become worn down over time due to age or overuse. As the hip joint becomes more worn down, you are much more likely to experience chronic hip pain or arthritis. Additionally, injuries from falls or accidents can cause fractures of the hip or pelvis. Some other common causes of hip pain include:
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Hip fractures
  • Work injuries
  • Tendon or muscle strain
  • Certain cancers
  • Osteonecrosis
  • And more
Like hip pain, knee pain is often associated with the normal aging process or overuse. However, chronic knee pain can also be the result of damage to the bony structures that make up the knee joint like the fibula, tibia and femur. Damage to the cartilage and ligaments can also send patients to the physical therapist in search of fast pain relief. Other common causes of knee pain include:
  • Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)
  • Sports injuries
  • Auto accident injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Torn meniscus
  • Ligament Tears (ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL, MPFL)
  • PatelloFemoral Pain (Knee Cap)

How Does Physical Therapy Help Treat Hip and Knee Pain?

If you suffer from ongoing hip or knee pain, or if you have had surgery to reconstruct a ligament or repair a fracture in your hip or knee, physical therapy can help to reduce your pain while restoring strength and improving your mobility and overall function. Our physical therapists will work closely with you and your doctor to design a treatment plan that fits your individual needs. For best results, our physical therapists may also recommend using both at-home exercises and passive treatments like heat and ice therapy or electrical stimulation to reduce your pain and/or swelling. While surgical intervention may, at times, be the best treatment option, sometimes hip and knee pain may be caused by other factors that will respond favorably to specific movements and exercises prescribed by your physical therapist. However, when surgery is deemed the most viable option for relief of your hip or knee pain, the highly trained staff at Shoreline PT will be here to help you completely recover! Our physical therapist will work closely with you to design a physical therapy treatment plan that fits your individual needs. By targeting the root cause of your chronic pain instead of simply treating your symptoms, you can enjoy fast pain relief. For better results, our physical therapist may also recommend using both at-home exercises and passive treatments like heat and ice therapy or electrical stimulation to reduce your chronic pain. While other more invasive treatment methods may call for surgery to relieve your hip and knee pain, this holistic treatment option is safe and gentle. In fact, many people who do end up electing to have surgery to correct a hip or knee injury will still need to use physical therapy to recover and reduce pain.

Learn More About the Benefits of Physical Therapy for Hip and Knee Pain

If you or a loved one is suffering from a debilitating hip or knee injury, or are planning on having surgery to repair their injured hip or knee, the professionals at Shoreline PT are here to help. Contact Shoreline Physical Therapy today for more information or to schedule an appointment. For more information, Contact us at Wilmington, NC center.

FAQs

What causes knee pain?

Your knees are hinge joints that allow for the forward-and-backward motions within the joint.The knee is one of the largest joints in your body, made up of a complex system of bones, tendons, and ligaments. Because of this, the knee can be easily injured due to overexertion or repetitive motions. Additionally, knee pain can be caused due to an underlying ailment. Some of the most common causes of knee pain are sprains, strains, fractures, tears, dislocation, tendinitis, bursitis, and arthritis.”

What can I do to relieve knee pain?

There are some actions you can take on your own to relieve your knee pain, including wearing properly fitted shoes, using hot and cold remedies, stretching, and taking breaks from physical activity when noticing painful flare-ups. However, physical therapy is the best way to find consistent, long-lasting relief for your knee pain. Through manual therapy, strength training, flexibility training, balance training, and pain-specific exercises, physical therapy can get your knees moving comfortably once again.

How do I get rid of knee pain?

Frequently consulting with a physical therapist is the best way to continually manage your knee pain. Having a regular physical therapy checkup ensures that your joints are working at their peak performance. In addition, any problems will be discovered early, preventing the onset of arthritis and joint injury. If you do have arthritis or have had surgery, then a regular physical therapy check-up is especially important, in order to make sure that your knee pain remains at bay.

How do you diagnose knee pain?

Our physical therapists will examine your knee for signs of misalignment or structural damage, in addition to examining your stance, posture, gait, and range of motion. If needed, additional tests (such as x-rays) may be conducted. This will help determine the cause of your knee pain so we can treat it accordingly. After your initial evaluation is complete, your physical therapist will prescribe a physical therapy plan specifically for you, aimed at relieving unnatural stresses and strains, and normalizing your joint function.