What is Knee Pain?
Most people will experience knee pain at one point in their lives. Usually, body movements do not cause such problems. But, symptoms will start to manifest from day to day wear and tear, injury and work overuse. Knee problems often occur in people who engage in sports and intense home or job-related activities.
The area of pain varies on the cause and on what part of the knee is involved. In cases of infection, the entire knee may be swollen and painful while a bone fracture or torn meniscus shows symptoms at a specific location only.
The pain may vary from mild, moderate or intense until it can incapacitate a person.
There are additional findings that go with knee pain, such as:
- Trouble walking because of the instability of the knee
- Staggering because of discomfort
- Locking of the knee (inability to bend the knee)
- Redness and swelling
- Inability to extend the knee
Types of Knee Pain
Knee pain is divided into three major categories:
- Acute injuries, such as a broken bone or torn ligament
- Medical disorders, such as arthritis or infections
- Chronic use/overuse conditions, such as osteoarthritis, patellar syndromes, tendonitis, and bursitis
How Can a Physical Therapist Help?
Based on the assessment of the condition, physical therapists can develop a personalized rehab program, which includes a particular set of exercises of the knee just for you.
If you are already experiencing knee complications, your physical therapists can aid you in creating a therapy plan that will help toughen your knee without raising the risk of damage or injury. As a common rule, you must go for exercises like aquatic exercises, walking or swimming instead of jolting workouts like high impact aerobics or jogging.
Talk to your Denver physical therapist about particular ways of maintaining the health of your knee after an injury or surgery. Your physical therapists have the knowledge and experience to assess the health of your knee and refer you to other health care professionals if needed.
To schedule a consultation to learn more about physical therapy for knee pain, please call Denver Physical Medicine & Rehab at 303-757-7280.