If one of your knees is bad shape, you might give up on ever using it again. But before you give up on your knee, try to find out why it hurts in the first place. Once you know why your knee hurts, you can use the right therapeutic treatments to heal it. Learn more about your bad knee and the therapeutic treatments you can use for it below.
What's Going on With Your Bad Knee?
Knee pain isn't something you can treat easily at home. The pain you feel in your knee could actually be a symptom of something else. Because of this, your homecare treatments might not work as well as you expect them to. Your treatments may also make your condition worse.
Your knee is actually a large joint that connects your thigh bone to your lower leg bone. Thick tissues called cartilage and ligaments hold the knee joint in place. Problems, such as bursitis, gout, and soft-tissue tears, can damage the cartilage and ligaments in your knee. The sacs of fluid lubricating your knee joints can also rupture or build up with infection over time. Most of these problems can cause chronic pain for you.
Now that you know more about the potential problems in your knee, you can find the therapeutic treatment you need for them.
How Can Physical Therapy Treatment Help?
If you're currently applying muscle rubs and other over-the-counter treatments to your knee, stop. Many muscle rubs, gels, and ointments only provide temporary relief from your pain. Pain pills like aspirin can cause side effects and other problems you don't need. In order to find long-term relief from your knee pain, you'll need to see a physical therapist.
A physical therapist (PT) will use diagnostic scans, gait analysis tests, and measurement tests to determine the extent and severity of your pain. Some scans may also allow therapists to examine the bone tissue surrounding your knee joint, including the bones in your thighs and shins. After PT completes your scans, they can establish a therapeutic treatment plan for you.
Therapists offer a variety of treatments for knee pain, including range of motion (ROM) exercises, kinesiology taping, and electric stimulation. Over time, the treatments can help you regain movement or mobility in your knee joint. Depending on your condition, you may also qualify for a number of other PT treatments.
If your bad knee prevents you from experiencing life, contact a physical therapy services provider today.