KNEE PAIN

COMMON CAUSES, COMPLAINTS, DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP

Common Causes

Research consistently shows that the following contribute to most knee complaints:

  • Acute or sudden injury
  • Micro trauma over a period of time
  • Deficiencies in strength or flexibility from the joint above or below (the hip and ankle)
  • Ligament sprains and tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Ttibial plateau fractures
  • Distal hamstring rupture or sprain
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Patellar tracking problems

Typical Complaints

"The inside of my knee hurts, especially when I twist or pivot."
"The outside of my knee really bothers me after I run."
"I can't squat or kneel anymore without knee pain."
"I have pain under my knee cap, especially when I get up from sitting."

Common Diagnosis

  • Muscle strains (gastrocnemius or soleus strain/tear, hamstring strain, quadriceps strain)
  • Ligament sprains (Medial collateral ligament, Lateral collateral ligament, Anterior and posterior cruciate ligament strain or tear)
  • Fractures (tibia/fibula, tibial plateau fracture, femur stress fracture or complete)
  • Tendonitis (patellar, quadriceps, hamstring, popliteal, gastoc/soleus, illiotibial band)
  • Meniscal tears (Medial or lateral, acute or degenerative)
  • Burisitis (pes anserine, fat pad irritation)
  • General anterior or posterior knee pain (patellofemoral syndrome, chondromalacia, patellar subluxation or dislocation, baker's cyst)

Common Treatments

Along with skilled manual therapy, individualized stretching and strengthening and patient education, we may incorporate methods such as gait evaluation, heat or ice, electric stimulation, iontophoresis, and/or aqua therapy.

Our goal is to quickly restore your function, relieve your pain and get you back to your favorite activities.

Since 1994 our evidenced based approach has helped thousands of West Michigan patients get back to their lives.

Contact Us for help relieving your knee pain.