Physical Therapy for the Knee
Although we provide physical therapy for all orthopedic conditions and work not only to improve your pain complaints, more importantly we treat each patient as a person rather than as a diagnosis. Taking this comprehensive approach to orthopedic conditions provides our patients with the best results for their goals. That being said, we know that our patient population is now more educated and involved in their health than ever. As such, we have created a few targeted pages (by body part) to help share the basics about the body regions commonly treated at BreakThrough Physical Therapy.
Physical Therapy Overview to Treatment of the Knee:
Physical Therapists treat a wide range of disorders as they relate to the knee joint. As an extremely mobile joint that plays a central role in the action of your entire lower extremity, the knee is at risk for injury. Knee pain can be a result of injury or disease of the knee joint and surrounding tissues. The most common knee disorders treated at BreakThrough Physical Therapy include ACL Injuries, Patello-Femoral Disorders and Degenerative Joint Disease. We see patients to try and help prevent or prolong surgery as well as a grand amount of post-operative patients including ACL reconstruction, meniscal repair and total knee replacements. Patients can also report pain through the knee which could be initiating in the lumbar spine (low back), hips or foot/ankle complex. Injury can affect any of the ligaments, bursae, bones, cartilage or tendons surrounding the knee joint.
At BreakThrough Physical Therapy, we begin your road to recovery with a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation. This is critical in helping us to establish the best individualized treatment plan for you. You will meet with one of our licensed physical therapists and they will ask a myriad of questions pertaining to you and your knee or related symptoms in order to help determine the cause of the pain and limitations you are experiencing. Once the lines of communication and trust have been established, your physical therapist will then take you through a series of tests to determine more specifically the areas/tissues which may be most painful, weak, tight or limiting you in any way. Your physical therapist will then communicate their findings to you and educate you on the first portion of your home exercise program. You, your physical therapist and our aide team will work together in the coming weeks to help you reduce pain, increase mobility, flexibility, strength and endurance of all related tissues. You will also learn some key tips to improve postural habits and body mechanics. Our goal is to see you successfully return to your desired lifestyle upon discharge or “graduation” from BreakThrough Physical Therapy.
Because of the muscular, bony, ligamentous, neural and myofascial connections between the tissues; detailed evaluation including a thorough history by a medical professional is strongly recommended. Many individuals try to manage their symptoms on their own and delay heeling further. We have found that this causes the need for more extensive care in the future, greater expense to you and greater time away from work, family and friends than would have otherwise been needed. While the internet can be a great tool for basic information, if you are having signs or symptoms which may need medical attention, please consult your physician or physical therapist immediately to ensure that you are taking the proper steps to your recovery.
Relevant Articles you may find useful about physical therapy for a healthy knee:
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament: why females are more prone to injury than males
- Patellar Tendinopathy
- Returning to Golf Following Knee Surgery
Common Knee Tissues treated at BreakThrough Physical Therapy (including, but not limited to):
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL)
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL)
Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL)
Common Diagnoses related to the knee treated at BreakThrough Physical Therapy (including, but not limited to):
• Knee Sprains
• Anterior Cruciate Ligament Sprain/Tear
• Posterior Cruciate Ligament Sprain/Tear
• Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain/Tear
• Lateral Collateral Ligament Sprain/Tear
• Meniscal Tear
• Bakers Cyst
• Quadriceps Strain/Tear
• Hamstring Strain/Tear
• Total Knee Replacement
• Partial Knee Replacement
• S/P Arthroscopic Microfracture
• Post-surgical knee physical therapy
• Post-operative knee physical therapy
• Osgood Schlatters
• Patello-Femoral Pain
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