Physiotherapy: The Simple Solution for Hip and Knee Pain

Hip and Knee Pain

Physiotherapy: The Simple Solution for Hip and Knee Pain

If you suffer from hip or knee pain, you are in good company – many people experience hip or knee pain at some point in their lives. The hips and knees are the largest joints in your body, providing mobility and supporting your body’s weight. They serve important purposes, but it is also easy for them to become injured. If you are suffering from hip or knee pain, contact NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness today to speak with a physiotherapist, and find out how our physiotherapy treatments can bring you mobility and relief.

What causes hip and knee pain?

There are a number of causes for hip pain, the most common being arthritis, sciatica, or a sprain. Arthritis – and more specifically, osteoarthritis – tends to be the most common culprit for hip pain. This occurs when the cartilage tissue in the hip breaks down, decreasing the ability for the cartilage to absorb shocks. Osteoarthritis can develop due to being overweight, increased age, or an injury in the joint. People suffering from osteoarthritis typically report stiffness in the joint or difficulty standing for long periods of time. Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is impinged, typically due to a strained muscle or a herniated disc. Sciatica pain can root itself in the hip and extend toward the buttocks and down the legs, ranging from moderate to severe.

Much like hip pain, there are a number of causes for knee pain as well, the most common being arthritis, injury, or mechanical problems with the knee. Knee injuries can affect the ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bones that make up the knee. Symptoms of knee pain may include difficulty standing up from a sitting position, difficulty walking and running, or an uncomfortable “clicking” sound when moving the knee. ACL tears are a common knee injury that many athletes suffer from, occurring when the anterior cruciate ligament is torn.

How does physiotherapy help with hip and knee pain?

The goal of every physiotherapist is reducing pain and improving functional mobility. At your initial appointment, your physiotherapist will perform a thorough physical evaluation to determine what the best treatment options will be for you. Afterward, he or she will create a personalized treatment plan based on your needs, focused on increasing strength, improving motion, and most importantly, relieving pain.

Your treatment plan will likely consist of both passive and active treatments. Passive treatments may include ice and heat therapies, massage therapy, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation. Active treatments may include condition-specific exercises and stretches. All of these are aimed at reducing your pain and inflammation, in addition to accelerating your healing process.

Physiotherapy is a natural way to relieve pain and promote healing, and in many cases, it eliminates the need for harmful drugs or invasive surgeries. If you are suffering from hip or knee pain, don’t suffer in silence. Our experienced and dedicated physiotherapists will get to the root of your problem and work hard to correct it.

Schedule your appointment today and get started on your path to recovery and long-lasting relief!

Hip and Knee Pain Relief with Physiotherapy

There are so many causes of hip and knee pain, from excess weight to sports injuries, advancing age to repetitive motion injuries. Whatever the cause of your hip and/or knee pain, if you are experiencing it regularly you need to find a way to manage it. Many people use medications like anti-inflammatories to minimize their discomfort. However, these medications do have potential side effects, so it can be helpful to find other ways to relieve your pain. Physiotherapy may be the solution you are looking for.

An Alternative to Daily Pain Reliever Use – Physiotherapy

If your doctor has told you to take pain relievers every day for your hip and/or knee pain, you should follow your doctor’s recommendations. But it also cannot hurt to ask about alternatives like physiotherapy. Working with a physiotherapist can help reduce or eliminate your pain in a variety of ways, including:

  • Identify the causes of your hip and knee pain. There may be one or several reasons why you are experiencing hip and knee pain. A physiotherapist can examine your movement to help identify things that are contributing to your pain, such as poor posture, unhealthy walking patterns or unhealthy movement patterns at work. Once they identify these kinds of issues, physiotherapists can tell you how to correct them.
  • Exercises to increase your strength. Loss of muscular strength can contribute significantly to hip and knee pain because the weaker your muscles get, the more stress is put on your joints. Physiotherapy centers around specific exercises designed to target various muscles and strengthen them so that they better support your joints.
  • Exercises to improve mobility and flexibility.Often hip and knee pain can lead to loss of mobility and flexibility – which then increases the wear on your joints and leads to even more pain. Physiotherapists can take you through exercises to improve your mobility and flexibility so that you can move your limbs and joints in the fullest range of motion that is available based on your body and circumstances.
  • Heat and ice therapy.Heat can be used to improve your mobility and decrease the amount of pain you are experiencing so that you can move more freely. Ice can also be used to lessen pain from your hip and/or knee as well as to reduce inflammation.
  • Ultrasound therapy.Ultrasound is used by physiotherapists to apply heat deeper in your soft tissues to provide pain relief. The heat can improve circulation and aid in healing, which can ultimately reduce the pain you experience day to day.

How Does Physiotherapy Reduce Daily Pain?

You may get pain relief when you are at the physiotherapist and going through treatment, but what about when you go home? A major goal of your physiotherapist is to heal your injuries over the long term. The various exercises and treatments they use with you will steadily improve your condition so that you experience less pain on a daily basis. As your body gets stronger and more mobile, you are likely to experience less pain in your hips and knees.

Should I Stop Using Pain Relievers?

If your doctor has prescribed you pain relievers it is best to follow the guidance of your doctor. However, you are welcome to discuss physiotherapy with your doctor as well. If you find that your pain level has decreased through physiotherapy, you can discuss reducing your pain reliever usage with your doctor.

Schedule an Appoint with a Physiotherapist

Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with a physiotherapist for your hip and knee pain. We are standing by to assist you!

Overcome Knee and Hip Pain for Good with Physiotherapy

Hip pain and knee pain are a part of life for many people. Cartilage in the knees, hip or lower back can wear down due to overuse and lead to discomfort or arthritis. Sometimes just a straight-up injury can cause pain. While some cases are so severe that they could require surgery to repair an injury, there are many situations in which working with a physiotherapist can help overcome these pains. NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness has helped many patients overcome knee or hip pain, and we’d be happy to work with you to help you achieve pain relief and get back to a normal routine.

Analyzing Knee and Hip Pain

The first thing your physiotherapist will do is an evaluation to figure out where you’re experiencing pain and the type of pain. Hip pain, for example, can be located in the groin, the front of the hip, the side, the lower back or the buttocks. Knee pain can be on the front or back of the knee joint; it could also be due to a medial injury on the inside of the knee, or iliotibial band stress, which leads to pain on the outside of the knee.

Hip pain tends to feel like a constant dull ache. Knee pain, however, is often assessed as one of several different types of pain:

  • Acute: This is the most intense type of knee pain, and it usually occurs in the first week after an injury. If you’re experiencing acute pain, your doctor or therapist will simply recommend rest and isolation of the knee for at least a week to let it heal.
  • Subacute: Two to six weeks after an injury, the pain will still be intense, but far less than the acute pain of the first week. During this time, your physiotherapy can include gentle motions around the knee to try to increase range of motion and facilitate healing.
  • Chronic: This is pain that lasts for longer than two or three months. If you’ve been living with serious knee pain for that long, it’s a good idea to see a specialist for a full exam and X-rays.

Getting Started With Physiotherapy

After your initial conversation with a physiotherapist, it will be time for some further testing of your knee or hip pain. The process for both types of injury will be similar to this:

  • Gait Analysis: Your physiotherapist will assess how you walk to determine if anything is out of the ordinary with your gait.
  • Palpation: Some gentle palpation of the knee or hip with the physiotherapist’s hands will help to check the knee structure or hip to find where the pain is originating.
  • Check Range of Motion: Your physiotherapist will measure to see how far your knee or hip can bend. This will help determine the course of therapy, because it will give your specialist an idea of the types and intensity of exercises you should begin working on.
  • Strength Checks: Testing the strength of your knee and hip structures will give the physiotherapist an idea of whether your pain is due to an injury or imbalance of some type.

Your physiotherapist will also check your balance and measure any swelling that is detected around the impacted joint. Then, you’ll likely go through a series of special physiotherapy tests; this is the final step in analyzing your knee pain and will allow your physiotherapist to prescribe a course of exercises.

Most of your physiotherapy exercises will be “prescribed,” meaning you’ll be able to do them on your own at home. These exercises will help strengthen the muscle structures around the knee or hip (or both). Your physiotherapist will likely also run you through the exercises during regular checkups to monitor your progress and to make sure you’re on the best course of treatment.

If you’re ready to kick knee and hip pain to the curb, Contact NRG Athletes Physiotherapy Winnipeg, CA today to schedule an appointment with one of our physiotherapists.