- Going up and down stairs
- Getting in and out of chairs and your car
- Recreational activities
People who live in Arvada, CO have lots of opportunities to get outside and stay active year round. Knee pain can really decrease your quality of life if you enjoy those activities.
If you have knee pain and don’t do anything about it there’s a good chance that the problem will get worse. Problems like arthritis, severely strained muscles, torn cartilage (i.e. meniscus), torn ligaments (i.e. ACL) and mechanical dysfunctions can progress to the point where you might even need surgery.
The good news is that treatment (like the kind you get in physical therapy) can help decrease the pain and help your body heal.
And a great place to start is to find out why you have pain in you knee(s) by getting an evaluation from your doctor or physical therapist.
Causes of Knee Pain
Knee pain can come from a variety of sources including:
Pain from Traumatic Injury – You can injure the tissues of your knee during exercise, recreational activities, in a car accident, in a slip/fall injury or even in a work related injury. Physical therapists are trained to identify the specific tissues injured with a variety of tests. The physical therapist will perform an exam on your first visit. One of the results of this exam is to differentiate between muscle, joint, cartilage, bone, ligament or other tissue damage.
Post-surgical Pain – If you’ve already had surgery for your knee problem (such as an ACL and meniscus repair or a total knee replacement) you will likely have post-surgical pain and swelling. When you go to physical therapy your physical therapist will be familiar with both the procedure and the protocol needed to help you rehab your knee.
Pain from Arthritis – Also known as Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Joint Disease, arthritis is literally “joint inflammation”. Physical therapists that specialize in orthopedics will have the expertise to help determine the severity of your arthritis and which tissues are most involved.
Physical Therapy For Knee Pain
Once your problem has been correctly diagnosed your Physical Therapist will create a care plan. This individualized plan will include treatment to decrease your knee pain and to help your body heal.
The goals (also a part of the care plan) will likely include things like
- restoring your movements and motions
- normalize muscle tone and flexibility
- rebuild your strength and endurance and
- get you back to your normal life activities
Many doctors send their patients to physical therapy to see if surgery can be prevented. The sooner you get started with a physical therapist the better.
If you live in or near Arvada and need (or want) physical therapy for your knee pain – give us a call at 720.222.9669 to schedule your first visit. Our physical therapists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of knee pain and problems.
We accept most health insurance and all auto insurance and all workers comp insurance.