Hip & Knee Pain Relief
Looking for Hip and Knee Pain Relief? Look No Further.
Do you ever feel unstable, as if your knees may collapse underneath you? Are you experiencing sharp pains in your hips and knees that make daily tasks difficult? Does standing up after a lengthy amount of time pose as a challenging feat? If so, physical therapy can help.
Constant hip and knee pains can greatly hinder your daily life. Physical therapy is an easy, comfortable, and safe way to both diagnose and relieve pain. In many cases, it can even eliminate the need for harmful pain-management drugs or invasive surgical correction.
If you are looking for hip and knee pain relief, look no further – schedule a consultation with Boulet Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute today.
Why am I experiencing hip and knee pain?
Hip and knee pain may be experienced either together or separately. Your hip and knee joints work together to provide you with optimum function in your movement; however, sometimes an injury or underlying condition can cause said function to go awry.
Your hips and knees are two different types of joints: the hips are ball-and-socket joints that act as a support for your upper body weight, while the knees are hinge joints that allow for the forward-and-backward motions within the joint. Believe it or not, the knees actually support more of your weight than the hips do, as they allow you to stand, walk, run, dance, etc. Your hips and knees rely on numerous muscles and tissues to maintain their proper function and mobility, and when things aren’t working correctly, you may experience hip or knee pain.
With hip and knee pain, it is possible that the pain is originating in the joints themselves – however, it is also possible that the pain may be coming from another part of the body such as the lumbar spine. This is called referred pain. THe hip and knee may refer pain to one another. Since the hips and knees are both parts of the same kinetic chain, they make up a combination of weight-bearing joints that must function together in harmony in order for your body and posture to function properly. If one part of the kinetic chain is out of balance, stress and deterioration may be placed on another.
Common causes of hip and knee pain:
The structures in your hips and knees are very similar, therefore they can be subject to many of the same injuries, stress, disorders, and diseases. Some of the most common causes of hip and knee pain include:
- Acute injuries. These are common in both hips and knees, such as sprains, strains, and dislocations.
- Overuse injuries. Several overuse injuries, including muscle strains and tendonitis, are common in both hips and knees. This is because the joints both experience constant use.
- Cartilage injuries. Cartilage injuries can affect either the hips or knees. For example, hip pain can be caused by cartilage injuries known as labral tears, while inflammation of the bursa sacs, known as bursitis, is a specific condition that impacts the knee joint.
- Referred pain. Pain may also develop as a result of referred pain from a pinched sciatic nerve, since the nerve travels through both areas.
- Weak or tight muscles. If you have a weak gluteus medius muscles and tight hip flexor muscles, this can cause the hip to rotate inward without you realizing it. Because of this, abnormal stress can be put on the knees, resulting in painful conditions, such as patellofemoral stress syndrome or iliotibial band friction syndrome.
- Gait or stance imbalances. These can cause abnormal stress and premature wear-and-tear to be put on your hips and knees, which can result in painful symptoms or arthritis.
Find relief with Boulet Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute:
At Boulet Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute, we are equipped to treat any hip or knee pain you may be experiencing. At your initial appointment, you will be greeted by one of our Lafayette physical therapists, who will examine your hips and knees for any structural damage or misalignment. They will also evaluate your gait, stance, posture, and range of motion. After your evaluation is complete, our physical therapist will design a personalized treatment plan, based on your needs and goals. Treatment plans will focus on relieving pain, normalizing joint function, and relieving any abnormal stresses on your hips and knees.
Your treatment plan will include targeted stretches and exercises, aimed at stabilizing any weak hip and/or knee tissues. The exercises may vary depending on your condition; for example, research has demonstrated that those suffering from kneecap pain tend to respond better to exercises that focus on strengthening both the hips and knees, rather than just focusing on the knees alone. Core strengthening exercises targeting the lower abdominal muscle groups, lower back muscle groups, or pelvic muscles may also be prescribed. Core exercises are aimed at straightening your posture and equalizing the weight load on both sides of your body.
You may be prescribed with additional treatments as our physical therapist deems fit, such as dry needling, ice and heat therapy, laser therapy, ultrasound, or other soft tissue treatments. These are all aimed at alleviating your pain and promoting the healing of your damaged hip and/or knee tissues.
If you are suffering from hip and/or knee pain, don’t hesitate to contact Boulet Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute today for a consultation. Treatment plans will be discussed with one of our licensed Lafayette physical therapists, so you don’t have to wait for relief.