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“Imagine All the Adventures You Would Miss If You Let Pain Slow You Down! ” Finding The Source Of Hip, Knee & Leg Pain
The hip and knee joints are incredible marvels of the human body. At times they have to withstand up to 6 times the force of your body weight. The knee is themost complicated joint in the body and is comprised of three different joints: the medial femoral and medial tibial condyles, the lateral femoral and tibial condyles, and the articulation between the patella and the femur. The knee joint is capable of flexion, extension, and medial and lateral rotation to a certain degree. It is also the joint that is the most vulnerable and susceptible to injury. Common knee injuries include tears to the anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) and tears to the meniscus or cartilage. When you experience pain in or around the knee or hip joints, you may also suffer a loss in the range of motion. Injury, arthritis, overuse and certain diseases can also cause these losses. Without the normal everyday functional use of these joints, the tissues around them tighten, leading to a gradual loss of mobility. When range of motion is lost, a change in gait (walking) may also occur. This may lead to issues in other parts of the body, including the low back, and the other joints in the affected and unaffected legs. It is also common to begin compensating for pain immediately after an injury or sudden onset of pain, setting you up for susceptibility to ailments in other areas of the body. This also begins the deconditioning process of the overall body, which can rob a person of their
energy and overall physical capacity.
If you are experiencing hip or knee pain, either acute or chronic, contact South Toledo Physical Therapy today. The quicker you begin treatment for your injured joint, the quicker we can help you get on the road to recovery. We will perform a thorough examination of your affected joint and will help you identify the cause of your pain, as well as the other contributing factors involved with your condition. We will then design a comprehensive treatment plan specific to your condition and will also create functional goals that are unique to your specific lifestyle. The personalized treatment you receive will help you get back to your normal functional level and will provide you with tools for long-term body health. Please call us and schedule an evaluation today!
“ Could Your Knee Pain Be FromArthritis? ” Does Arthritis Pain Grind You Down? Millions of Americans suffer with arthritis pain on a daily basis. The definition of arthritis is joint inflammation; however the term has acquired a wider meaning over time. Arthritis is now used as a generic term for osteoarthritis and other conditions that affect joints. The pattern, severity and location of arthritis symptoms can vary depending on the specific form of the disease. Typically, arthritic conditions are characterized by pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints. The symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. Certain rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune system and various internal organs of the body. Physical therapy is an important part of the ongoing treatment for arthritis. Physical therapy helps to strengthen, stretch and stabilize muscles surrounding affected joints, providing needed support.
an opportunity for regular exercise that restores strength and mobility to your knee, providing you with a pathway for a gradual return to everyday activities following your surgery. About Physical Therapy Following Knee Reconstruction Surgery. The length of time a patient is recommended to attend physical therapy, the length and intensity of the sessions themselves, and even the types of activities that a patient engages in during their physical therapy sessions are all dependent on the particulars of their knee reconstruction. Immediately following surgery, patients will begin to performexercises that are designed to increase circulation in the legs and feet. These exercises are important for preventing blood clots and for helping to reduce inflammation in the knee and surrounding areas. Starting physical therapy immediately after the operationwill help set up the patient for a faster and less painful recovery. Typically, physical therapy for knee reconstruction will include the following exercises: • Quadriceps sets • Straight leg raises • Heel slides • Knee extension exercises • Knee flexion exercises In addition to the exercises listed above, more complex exercises will be added as the patients gain strength and function. Throughout the duration of the patient’s treatment, manual therapy, gait training, and Neuro-Muscular re-education will also be performed. In addition, physical therapy modalities will be provided, when necessary, on a case-by-case basis. If you are in need of a total or partial knee replacement or are having joint pain in your legs or hips, we can help you get back to living your life without pain or restriction. Our physical therapists have extensive experience in treating and relieving all types of joint pain, both pre and post-operative. Please call South Toledo Physical Therapy and schedule an appointment today!
Relieving Joint Pain Physical therapy and exercise are very important tools to help reduce joint pain and stiffness. Light tomoderate-intensity physical activity can actually prevent a decline in overall function and can even help restore an individual’s health. However, some people with arthritis may be reluctant to exercise because of the perceived joint pain associated with increased activity. To helpmake the exercisesmore tolerable, there are various ways to help relieve pain, and they include hot and cold packs and over- the-counter pain relievers. These relief methods will make it easier for individuals to exercise and stay active. Other non–impact exercises such as bicycling, swimming and water exercise can also help to strengthen and relieve pain in affected joints. Furthermore, research shows that even modest weight loss combinedwith exercise ismore effective in decreasing pain and restoring function than either weight loss or exercise alone. Total or Partial Knee Replacement Whether you are facing a partial or a full knee replacement, physical therapy is absolutely necessary to help you regain strength and get your knee back to full function. Physical therapy creates
Exercise To Strengthen & Increase Knee Range of Motion TERMINAL KNEE EXTENSION Loop exercise band behind your knee slightly above the knee joint. Attach band to chair or stable surface. Stand with upright posture, and knee slightly bent. Straighten your knee as much as you can, pushing your body weight through your leg. Relax your knee, returning to the start position. Repeat 15 times and complete 2 sets.
I looked forward to going into the clinic! “I would highly recommend STPT! I recently had physical therapy for two knee replacements and was very happy to see steady progress and experience fantastic overall results. Aaron and his staff are friendly, caring, and dedicated to each patient. The therapy I received was very personalized and the staff always worked their hardest to make sure I was achieving all my goals. I looked forward to going into the clinic and enjoyed each session. STPT is truly a jewel in the south end area of Toledo.” - P.A.
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