Hip and Knee Pain Relief
Don’t Let Your Hip and Knee Pain Slow You Down!
Hip and knee pain can seriously interfere with your life, especially if you are dealing with both.
Does severe hip pain make it difficult to get up in the mornings, move around throughout the day, and fall asleep at night? Do your knees ache or even feel as though they could collapse under you suddenly and without warning?
Whether you’re suffering from hip pain, knee pain, or both, integrative physical therapy may help you address the source of your pain comfortably and effectively, without the need for harmful medicines or surgical intervention. Reclaim your mobility and schedule a free appointment at Wellspring Health Center today!
How can integrative physical therapy help my hip/knee pain?
Our physical therapists in Eden Prairie, MN work together with our medical provider to evaluate and analyze your hip and/or knee for evidence of misalignment or structural damage, as well as your stance, posture, gait, and range of motion.
Following your physical examination and appropriate diagnostic testing, our medical provider and physical therapist will design a treatment plan to alleviate discomfort and restore proper mobility, helping you to return to your everyday activities.
You will get focused treatments that may include trigger point injections, manual therapy, and Pilates Matwork exercises, all of which aim to alleviate joint pain and stabilize weak hip and/or knee tissues. Treatments may differ according to your condition; for example, research has shown that persons suffering from patellar tendonitis (kneecap pain) respond better to exercises that strengthen both the hips and knees than exercises that concentrate only on the knees.
Additionally, you may be given exercise routines to strengthen your core, including your lower back muscles, lower abdominal muscles, and pelvic muscles. Core exercises are designed to correct your posture and balance the weight distribution on both sides of your body.
As our physical therapists see fit, further specialized treatments may be given, such as mobilizations to increase range of motion or other soft tissue therapies that reduce pain and support the healing of affected hip and knee tissues.
Wellspring Health Center’s medical and physical therapy services can considerably improve your hip and knee pain without the need for harmful medications or invasive surgical procedures.
How did my hip or knee pain develop?
Pain in the hips and knees may be caused by an underlying problem in another region of the body, or it may be caused by the joints themselves.
Hip and knee joints are part of the same kinetic chain, which means that they are all weight-bearing joints that need to work together for your body and posture to function efficiently.
Consequently, an issue with your knee joint might result in abnormal forces being sent to your hips, and the reverse is also true. One segment of the kinetic chain might put stress on another if it is out of balance.
Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint that supports the weight of your upper body, depending on multiple muscles and tissues to maintain mobility and stability.
Your knee is a hinge joint that can only move forward and backward. Individually, your knees bear a greater load than your hips, six times your body weight when squatting. Proper hip and knee mobility enables you to do complex movements such as standing, walking, running, and dancing without falling over.
Hip and knee pain may occur concurrently or independently, but it is important to remember that, as the old proverb goes, your knee bone is connected to your hip bone; hence, whatever happens to one affects the other.
What might be causing my hip/knee pain?
Hips and knees are often afflicted with the same disorders, injuries, and conditions. For example, due to the continual usage of both the hips and knees, overuse problems such as tendinitis and chronic muscular strain are widespread. Additionally, they both are susceptible to acute injuries such as sprains, strains, and dislocations.
Referred pain from a pinched sciatic nerve may also impact hip and knee pain, because the sciatic nerve runs through both areas. Imbalances in your posture or gait may result in irregular strains and early wear and tear on your hips and knees, resulting in painful arthritic symptoms.
Certain types of pain may be joint-specific. Labral tears are a kind of cartilage injury that occurs specifically in the hip, while bursitis is a type of bursa sac inflammation that develops specifically in the knee joint.
However, painful hip problems may also impact the knees. Hip flexor muscles that are too tight and gluteus medius muscles that are too weak might cause the hip to twist inward without you noticing it. As a result of the tension placed on the knee or kneecap, this might result in painful issues such as iliotibial band friction syndrome or patellofemoral stress syndrome.
Find relief today!
Contact Wellspring Health Center today for a Complimentary Consultation to speak with one of our experienced Eden Prairie, MN physical therapists.
It is time to take a stand against your hip and knee pain – get started on the path toward long-lasting pain relief today! Your hips and knees will be glad you did!