KerrvillePT: Get Moving With Anterior Knee Pain Relief

Health & Wellness

August, 2020



• Poor muscle strength. • Imbalance of muscular strength, with somemuscles feelingweaker and others feeling stronger. • Poor muscle coordination. • Poor biomechanics of walking and/or running. • Lack of flexibility. Many anterior knee pain conditions can be fixed with surgery; however, by consulting with a physical therapist early on, you can manage your symptoms and avoid the need for an invasive surgery. Current literature suggests that conservative management focused on promotion of strength and dynamic stability is just as effective, if not more so, in short- and long-term relief, as compared to surgery for anterior knee pain.

Over 50million Americans deal with some sort of knee trouble, as the knees are the second most common injured joint. Therefore, it is essential to know what you can do to prevent knee troubles from even starting. Anterior knee pain is a common type of knee pain that develops in the front and center of the knee. Some common symptoms of anterior knee pain include stiffness, muscleweakness, anddifficulties walking, especially when climbing stairs or squatting. It is also common for the knee to “catch” or “lock” with anterior knee pain during certain activities, hindering movement. Most all knee pain can be attributed to one of the following issues:


Many people try to push through the pain that they feel. However, this can actually cause an issue to worsen and become more problematic. Sharp or dull pain in the knee should be paid attention to and not pushed through. While exercising, it is also important to make sure you are doing adequate warming up prior to exercising as muscles and tissues require internal lubrication to work properly. Warming up brings natural fluids to the area to help with lubrication, improving elasticity and function. In addition, make sure to properly stretch after exercising to ensure that flexibility is maintained. How can physical therapy help treat anterior knee pain? Anterior knee pain can present itself in people who live both sedentary and active lives. It is common for patients experiencing anterior knee pain to report stiffness and fullness deep within the knee with bending motions. Common activities that lead to and exacerbate these symptoms include: • Prolonged sitting. • Going up and down stairs. • Squatting. • Prolonged walking/running. Catching and locking of the knee can also lead to pain with rotational movements at the knee.

If the knee catches and/or locks during your orthopedic testing at your initial appointment, that could be an indication that your pain may be originating from the meniscus. Additional indications that physical therapy intervention is needed include difficulty performing certain functional tests, including difficulties with squatting, step up/down exercises, and single leg balance. If you have been living with recurring knee pain or discomfort that has lasted for more than 3 days, it is in your best interest to see a specialist. At Kerrville Physical Therapy Center, our physical therapists are experts in joint movement and function. Your physical therapist will conduct a thorough evaluation of your movement, walking patterns, strength, joint mobility, patella tracking, and proprioception, in order to get to the root cause of your anterior knee pain and treat it accordingly. An individualized treatment plan will be created specifically for you and your unique needs, so you can get back to living a pain-free life as quickly as possible. Are you ready to kick your anterior knee pain to the curb? Contact Kerrville Physical Therapy Center today to get started.

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At Kerrville Physical Therapy Center, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions.

It’s time to visit Kerrville Physical Therapy Center if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

Buddha Bowls

INGREDIENTS • 1 large sweet potato, peeled & cut into 1/2-inch cubes • 1 large red onion, diced • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided • Kosher salt • Freshly ground black pepper • 1 lb. boneless, chicken breasts

• 1 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce • 1 tbsp. honey • 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil • 4 c. cooked brown rice • 1 avocado, thinly sliced • 2 c. baby spinach • 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro, for garnish • 1 tsp. Toasted sesame seeds

• 1/2 tsp. garlic powder • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

• 1 small clove garlic, minced • 2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter • 1/4 c. Juice of 1 lime

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 425°. On a large baking sheet, toss sweet potatoes and onion with 1 tablespoon of oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium- high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Season chicken with garlic powder, ginger, salt, and pepper. Cook until golden and no longer pink, 8 minutes per side. Let rest 10minutes, then slice. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, and honey. Whisk in sesame oil and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil until smooth. Divide rice among four bowls and top each with sweet potato mixture, chicken, avocado, and baby spinach. Sprinkle with cilantro and sesame seeds and drizzle with dressing before serving.


SINGLE LEG & ARM DEADLIFT Stand on one leg, dumbbell in the opposite hand as the stance leg. Keeping your pelvis facing forward, bend at the hip and move your non-stance leg up and behind you. Your stance knee will bend slightly. Point your toes towards your stance foot to help keep your hips from opening up. From this position, rise up from the hips. Repeat exercise 10 times. Repeat on both sides. Strengthens knee pain Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to keep you moving...

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LUNGE AND TWIST Step forward with one leg. Bend your front knee as you allow your back leg to bend, and lower yourself until your forward knee is about 90 degrees. Once in this position, rotate your shoulders and torso until you feel a slight stretch in the core. Push through the heel of your lead foot and extend your hip and knee to raise yourself back up. Alternate between legs for two sets of ten reps on each side. Strengthens lower body

The above exercises are designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist.


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