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Hip and Knee Pain

Your hips and knees are the largest joints in your body, connecting a large number of muscles, bones and ligaments. That means that much of the daily abuse your body takes can ultimately impact your hips and knees. When these joints begin to show strain, it can become difficult to move much at all — at least without pain.

For that reason, it’s important to seek medical attention for hip and knee pain as soon as possible. Physical Therapy can often be the key to avoiding surgery or prescription medication altogether.

 

Possible Reasons for your Hip Pain

Wear and tear of our hip joints and/or a pinched nerve are the most common culprits for hip pain.

Aging and overuse often cause inflammation of the joints called osteoarthritis, but this painful joint disease can stem from old injuries. Most joint arthritis pain will cause anterior groin pain. Sustained and repetitive movements sometimes lead to hip pain called bursitis, in which the fluid-filled sacs around your hips become inflamed.

Various nerves running to and from your hips (i.e. femoral is front of hip and thigh and sciatic is at buttock or posterior thigh) can also become pinched due to straining during exercise, falling, pregnancy or poor posture.

How Can Physical Therapy Help My Hip Pain?

Our Physical Therapists will give you an extensive evaluation, assessing all areas and determine what type of treatment you need to move forward and live a pain-free lifestyle. Based on this evaluation and existing medical tests, we’ll work with you and your physician to get you an accurate diagnosis and determine your prognosis while giving you a plan of care to start working on the problem with a complete home exercise program.

 

What Causes Knee Pain?

Some of the same causes of hip pain can also affect you knees. Arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, sports injuries can lead to severe knee pain. Repetitive overuse activities, especially if not a common movement, can cause quadricep or patellar tendinitis (i.e. jumpers or runners knee). It’s not uncommon for a weakness in the hip muscles or foot mechanical problem to throw your knees out of alignment and cause a pain at the knees.

How Can Physical Therapy Help My Knee Pain?

Our highly trained team of Physical Therapists will evaluate your hip and knee issues and determine the appropriate treatment to get you back to living a pain-free lifestyle. In all likelihood, your Physical Therapy plan of care would consist of strength-building movements and exercises, as well as stretches to enhance your flexibility, range of motion and function.

Lets get started today so that you can get back to doing what you love to do.

Call our Greenfield or New Berlin location today to set up an appointment with one of our experienced Physical Therapists.