What Are the Common Causes of Hip and Knee Pain?
Although the hip joint is very durable, it can become worn down over time due to age or overuse. As the hip joint becomes more worn down, you are much more likely to experience chronic hip pain. Additionally, a slip and fall can cause the bones in the hip to break and arthritis affects the cartilage in the hip as well.
Some other common causes of hip pain include:
- Hip fractures
- Work injuries
- Tendon or muscle strain
- Certain Cancers
- And more
Like hip pain, knee pain is often associated with the normal aging process or overuse. However, chronic knee pain can also be the result of damage to the bony structures that make up the knee joint like the fibula, tibia, and femur. Damage to the cartilage and ligaments can also send patients to the physical therapist in search of fast pain relief. Other common causes of knee pain include:
- Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)
- Sports injuries
- Auto accident injuries
- Torn meniscus
- Medial plica syndrome
Additionally, if the knee joint somehow becomes dislocated due to a sport or work injury, it can result in lasting knee pain.
How Does Physical Therapy Help Treat Hip and Knee Pain?
If you suffer from ongoing hip or knee pain, physical therapy can help to manage your pain while restoring strength and improving your overall mobility. This safe, effective and non-invasive treatment method is also prescription drug-free, making it ideal for patients of all ages. Studies have shown that the manual techniques and mobilizations used in physical therapy can not only reduce hip and knee pain but reduce inflammation, restore your natural range of motion and strengthen the hip and knee joints.
Our physical therapist will work closely with you to design a physical therapy treatment plan that fits your individual needs. By targeting the root cause of your chronic pain instead of simply treating your symptoms, you can enjoy fast pain relief. For better results, our physical therapist may also recommend using both at-home exercises and passive treatments like heat and ice therapy or electrical stimulation to reduce your chronic pain. While other more invasive treatment methods may call for surgery to relieve your hip and knee pain, this holistic treatment option is safe and gentle. In fact, many people who do end up electing to have surgery to correct a hip or knee injury will still need to use physical therapy to recover and reduce pain.
Common knee conditions we treat
ACL Repair, Meniscus Repair, Total Knee Replacement
Knee surgeries are common for major injuries. Physical therapy treatment will allow you to recover quickly and safely following surgery.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
Overuse of connective tissues that are located on the outer part of the thigh and knee is called Iliotibial Band Syndrome. It causes pain and tenderness in those areas, especially just above the knee joint. ITBS is the most common cause of lateral knee pain in runners and cyclists.
Runner’s Knee/Jumper’s Knee
Jumper’s knee is often seen in people who do lots of jumping (i.e. basketball, volleyball, racquet sports, track and field). Pain is typically felt just below the knee cap, partly on the bone and partly on the tendon. Runner’s knee pain is felt on the sides or under the knee cap.
Any activity that causes you to forcefully twist or rotate your knee, especially when putting your full weight on it, can lead to a torn menisucs. Physical therapy has a high success rate of helping avoid surgery with meniscus injuries.
Learn More About the Benefits of Physical Therapy for Hip and Knee Pain in Concord, Tyngsboro and Barrington
If you or a loved one is suffering from a debilitating hip or knee injury, physical therapy can help! Our experienced physical therapist has the tools necessary to create a tailor-made treatment plan that will quickly help to reduce your pain and support natural healing without the use of prescription pain medications. Contact our friendly team online today for more information or to schedule an initial consultation.
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A number of years ago I had knee surgery only to be told I have very little cartilage in one knee and it wasn’t able to be repaired at the time. I’ve had knee and hip pain for as long as I can remember, and always chalked it up to the lack of cartilage. Very quickly our sessions zeroed in on my hip and lower back which no professional had ever mentioned or focused on before. Suddenly, I found myself with no knee pain and little to no hip pain for the first time in years. My range of motion has improved drastically and I’m playing volleyball without pain. I wish I’d found Brett years ago and highly recommend him to anyone.A number of years ago I had knee surgery only to be told I have very little cartilage in one knee and it wasn’t able to be repaired at the time. I’ve had knee and hip pain for as long as I can remember, and always chalked it up to the lack of cartilage. Very quickly our sessions zeroed in on my hip and lower back which no professional had ever mentioned or focused on before. Suddenly, I found myself with no knee pain and little to no hip pain for the first time in years. My range of motion has improved drastically and I’m playing volleyball without pain. I wish I’d found Brett years ago and highly recommend him to anyone.
After four knee repairs, five years of dealing with discomfort/ pain, and a scheduled surgery a few months down the road I gave Barbell Therapy a shot in hopes it could at least “ stall” a procedure. Ended up not getting the procedure at all.
Before seeing Brett, I was limited on daily activities and so much more. Now, since working with Brett for about six months I can do those activities and hobbies without pain during or after. Barbell Therapy is different from the typical PT facility, by a long shot. The entire team here is truly great, they make physical therapy something to look forward to and spend the full hour with you actively addressing your concerns. I will continue to use Barbell Therapy for any physical therapy needs I may have, thank you guys!