If you’re an able-bodied person, you have your knees to thank as you carry out almost all your daily activities. You use them to get out of bed, to walk around during the day, to sit and stand, and so much more. The knee is designed to withstand millions of steps throughout your lifetime. As we take advantage of everything that our knees allow us to do, we inevitably put stress on the knee joint. It makes sense that all this stress makes the knee one of the most taxed joints in the human body.
As with most body parts, we don’t stop to appreciate them, let alone think about them, until we feel pain or discomfort. The knee joint is no exception. Knee pain can occur at any stage of life for many reasons and the onset of knee pain is a signal that there may be something wrong. Professional’s physical therapists are experienced in advanced techniques that aim to educate you on your knee pain, provide relief, and improve your quality of life. We are dedicated to providing you the tools you need to get back up on your feet and move—pain free—again!
All About Your Knees
Your knee is the largest joint in the human body and is made up of many important parts that, when functioning properly, allow you to move freely and without pain. The knee joint is comprised of three bones: the femur (your thighbone), the tibia (your shinbone), and the patella (your kneecap). There are four main ligaments: Collateral ligaments on the sides of your knees and cruciate ligaments on the inside of your knee joints. These connect and stabilize the bones in your knees. Cartilage within your knees connect your knee bones and act like both a cushion and stabilizer, making it possible for the bones to glide smoothly against one another and helping your body balance your weight on your knees.
Your knee also contains soft tissue called “tendons”. These strong bands connect your knee bones to muscle and act as a joint stabilizer. Your hamstring and quadricep muscles, though they are not technically part of your knee joint, work to allow you to flex your knee and strengthen your legs. With all these moving parts, various injuries ranging from acute to chronic are all too common. Our knees are vital to movement, so taking good care of them throughout your life is key!
When Should I Seek Physical Therapy for Knee Pain?
If you are experiencing knee pain, when can you benefit from physical therapy? The answer: Any time! The main goal of physical therapy is to improve your daily quality of life by providing care that helps decrease your pain and increase your strength and mobility. Whether knee pain is keeping you from performing simple daily tasks or playing at the top of your game, physical therapy is an effective way to treat a variety of knee injuries and conditions.
Knee pain can show up in a variety of ways and it can be tricky to identify when it is time to seek medical attention. A good rule of thumb is to seek attention as soon as the pain is noticeable, especially if it starts to interfere with your everyday activities. Figuring out the source of your knee pain is the first step to treating it. Addressing the issue as soon as possible is key to helping you relieve any ongoing pain and prevent potential future injuries.
Professional’s physical therapists work with you to address your specific needs and create a personalized treatment plan for your knee pain.
Most knee injuries fall under one of two categories: Gradual onset or a traumatic, sudden injury. The gradual onset conditions tend to be more of the arthritis or tendonitis conditions such as osteoarthritis, patellofemoral (kneecap) pain, and patellar tendonitis. Patients respond well to physical therapy in most cases of gradual onset or traumatic knee injuries. Professional Physical Therapists are experts deploying various methods and techniques for knee pain treatment.
Regardless of the onset conditions or injury, the Professional Physical Therapy team will develop a personalized treatment plan if you are facing any one of these common problems with the knee joint.
In addition to these conditions, Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), proximal calf strain, and any number of fractures, sprains and tears of soft tissues, and dislocation, are also common.
Do you have knee pain?
Our physical therapists will diagnose your pain or injury and customize a knee pain treatment plan just for you. We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.
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Insurances We Accept
Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics. Find your particular provider below based on your area. For a complete listing of all insurance providers and individual plans by name: CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL INSURANCE PAGE.
Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
Fallon Health (MA)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (MA, NH)
Health New England (MA)
Magna Care (MA, NH)
Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
Mass General Brigham Health (Formerly AllWays Health Partners)
Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
Medicaid (MA, NH)
Medicare (MA, NH)
Med Risk (Workers' Compensation – MA)
ML Healthcare (NF – MA, NH)
No Fault (Various Carriers)
Omni Healthcare (MVA Lien – MA, NH)
One Call (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
SPNET (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Streamline (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
TRICARE (MA, NH)
Tufts Cigna (MA)
Tufts Health Plan (MA, NH)
Tufts Medicare Advantage (MA)
Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
United Health Care (Optum – MA, NH)
WellSense Health (Formerly BMC – Boston Medical Center – MA)
Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)
How Can Physical Therapy Help With Knee Pain?
Taking into consideration the extent of your knee pain and your medical history, physical therapy may be a very effective non-surgical means of treatment. If you suffer from issues like mild to moderate osteoarthritis, patellar tendonitis, or mild to moderate hamstring injuries, physical therapy can help better your quality of life and, in some cases, it can delay or even prevent future surgical intervention.
If your knee pain is caused by an injury, muscle activation, mobility, and strength-building exercises are essential to the recovery process. Our certified physical therapists can guide you through a treatment plan targeting the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your knee that have weakened after a period of immobility.
Physical Therapy Before and After Knee Surgery
When surgery cannot be avoided, research shows that physical therapy is a vital part of your road to recovery—both before and after your procedure. Before a knee surgery, physical therapy allows you to strengthen your muscles, educate yourself on what to expect post-surgery, and develop a home exercise routine to prepare for the journey ahead. The stronger and more informed you are before surgery, the stronger and more assured you’ll be afterward. Post-surgery physical therapy may feel similar, with treatment targeted toward regaining strength, mobility, and flexibility to help you heal properly and recover most effectively.
Knee Pain Treatment Techniques
No matter the cause of your knee pain, Professional’s physical therapists will work with you to create and facilitate a safe and effective treatment plan. Below are just a few of the skills and techniques we deploy to treat chronic pain or rehabilitate you after an injury or surgery:
When it comes to ongoing knee pain treatment and injury recurrence prevention, we don’t just help you treat your knee pain one time and send you on your way. Our therapists make sure to completely educate you on the how and why of your knee pain and put you on a path to ongoing wellness and knee injury prevention.
You and your physical therapist will create a personalized ongoing wellness and prevention plan that will include:
Customized Exercise & Nutrition Program
Maintenance of HEP/Continue Conditioning Program Independently
Regular Communication with Your Provider (PT)
Postural Awareness, Symptom Recognition and Management
Physical Fitness, Health & Wellness Strategies
At Professional Physical Therapy, our mission is to improve the lives of every client as we help them get back to what moves them. We promise to remain committed to every patient. If you are suffering from knee pain, we want to help. Find the clinic nearest you⇒ to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist who specializes in knee pain today.
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