Physical therapy in Medford is one of the most common methods used by doctors to treat knee pain. The primary concern of physical therapists is to address the patient’s symptoms and reduce or eliminate pain while regaining strength, flexibility, range of motion (ROM), and function. About knee pain, this typically includes improving muscle strength surrounding the knee joint; increasing ROM of the knee; training patients to use proper postures and techniques to increase safety while performing everyday tasks; and helping patients cope with their pain.
There are many different ways physical therapists can help reduce knee pain. For example, if a patient experiences pain when walking, the therapist may first try using bracing or taping techniques to stabilize or protect the patient’s knee. If these measures are unsuccessful, the therapist may work with the patient to improve the muscles surrounding the knee using exercise therapy. A physical therapist can also show patients how to use and care for a cane or other walking aid, as well as provide education regarding braces and orthotics (devices such as an external brace fitted on the leg to provide support to the knee).
As one of the most common causes of pain and disability, knee problems are very common among patients. For example, every year many people suffer an injury while playing sports. Additionally, arthritis can cause pain in the knees that worsens over time. Many times osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other types of arthritis are to blame for knee pain. Physical therapists can help patients manage these diseases by prescribing exercise regimens and aids, as well as using heat/cold treatments, electrical stimulation, massage therapy, ultrasound therapy, acupuncture, and interferential current (a pulsed electrical current that passes between two electrodes placed on the skin) to address pain and inflammation.
Physical therapists can also help patients suffering from knee injuries, such as those caused by a motor vehicle accident or sports injury. In some cases, arthroscopy (minimally invasive surgery using small incisions and high-definition cameras) can be used to diagnose the condition of the knee joint and determine whether a patient requires a total or partial knee replacement. In cases where the knee joint is not healthy enough for surgery, physical therapists can help patients manage their pain and maintain quality of life through exercise therapy and/or training in the usage of adaptive devices such as crutches, walkers, and canes.
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If you’re suffering from knee pain, Provident Physical Therapy in Medford specializes in the treatment of injuries pertaining to the lower body. For more information, please visit our contact us page.