Hip & Knee Pain Relief
Get Moving With Hip and Knee Pain Relief
Do you ever wonder if your unstable knees may cause you to collapse without warning? Do the sharp pains in your hips make moving around too difficult to complete your daily tasks? Is standing up after sitting for a prolonged period of time a challenging feat?
It is no secret that hip and knee pain can cause serious limitations to your daily life. These limitations are even further exaggerated if you are dealing with both. Fortunately, our multidisciplinary clinics and their experienced team of Chiropractors, Physiotherapist, Massage Therapists and Athletic Therapists are able to thoroughly assess, diagnose and treat your hip and knee pain. In fact, our multidisciplinary treatment style may even eliminate your need for pain-management drugs or surgery. To learn more about how our services can help you find relief for hip or knee pain, contact Elite Physiotherapy Clinic, Progressive Sports Medicine, or Total Health Link today to schedule a consultation with one of our dedicated Burlington physiotherapists.
Why do my hips and/or knees hurt?
Pain in your hips and knees can be experienced together or separately. These joints work together to provide optimum movement, but sometimes an injury or underlying condition can cause their function to go awry.
Your hips are a stable ball-and-socket joints that act as a support for your upper body weight. Your knees are hinge joints that allow for the forward-and-backward motions within the joint. While it may come as a surprise, your knees actually individually support more weight than your hips, while still allowing you to stand, walk, run, dance, etc. without falling over. In order to maintain a full range of motion and yet remain stable, your hips and knees rely on many structures starting with the shape of the joint surfaces, strong ligaments which connect the bones together and muscles which cross the joint, help to stabilize it and provide force to move the limb.
When pain is felt within your hips or knees, it may be rooted in the joints or ligaments themselves; however, it is also possible that it may be a result of an underlying condition in another part of the body. For example, a problem with the hip joint may transmit a pain signal to the knees, and vice versa. The hips and knees are both parts of the same kinetic chain which also included the feet, meaning they make up an integrated system of weight-bearing joints that must function together in harmony in order for your body to function properly. If one part of the kinetic chain is out of balance, stress, dysfunction and deterioration may be placed on another.
What causes hip and knee pain?
The structures in your hips and knees are exceptionally similar; therefore, they can be subject to similar stresses, diseases, disorders, and injuries. Here are some examples of what could be causing your hip pain or knee pain:
- Overuse Injuries. Several overuse injuries, including muscle strains and tendonitis, are common in both the hip and knees. This is because the joints both experience constant use.
- Acute Injuries. These are common in both hips and knees, such as sprains, strains, and dislocations.
- Referred Pain. Pain may also develop as a direct result of referred pain from a pinched sciatic nerve, since the nerve travels through both areas.
- Gait or Stance Imbalances. The problems start at your feet and can cause abnormal stress and premature wear-and-tear to be put on your hips and knees, which can result in painful symptoms or arthritis.
- Weak or Tight Muscles. If you have a weak gluteus medius muscles and tight hip flexor muscles, this can cause the hip to rotate inward without you realizing it. Because of this, abnormal stress can be put on both your hips and knees, resulting in painful conditions, such as patellofemoral stress syndrome or iliotibial band friction syndrome.
- Cartilage Injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, cartilage injuries affect either the hips or knees. For example, hip pain can be caused by cartilage injuries known as labral tears while in the knee, meniscal tears are common,
- Bursitis injuries. Bursa are small fluid filled sacs that cushion and protect other structures in the hip and knee. Inflammation of the bursa sacs, is known as bursitis. Examples in the hip include trochanteric bursitis while prepatellar bursitis is a specific condition that impacts the knee joint.
Get moving with our multidisciplinary team of therapists:
At Elite Physiotherapy Clinic, Progressive Sports Medicine, and Total Health Link, our multidisciplinary treatment approach is effective in treating both hip and knee pain. In many cases, our personalized treatment plans can even help relieve your pain completely, sparing you the need for potentially harmful pain-management medication or an invasive surgical correction.
When you come in for your initial appointment, one of our Burlington based Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapist or Athletic Therapists will examine your hips and/or knees for signs of misalignment, ligament tears, muscle weaknesses, posture, gait and range of motion. Afterward, an individualized treatment plan will be prescribed to you, based on the nature of your condition and your specific needs. This plan will focus on alleviating pain, normalizing joint function, and relieving any abnormal stresses on your hips and knees.
Your treatment plan will include targeted exercises designed for relieving joint pain and stabilizing weak hip and/or knee tissues. The exercises may vary depending on your condition; for example, research has demonstrated that those suffering from kneecap or patellar pain tend to respond better to exercises that focus on strengthening both the hips and knees, rather than just focusing on the knees alone. Core strengthening exercises targeting the lower abdominal muscle groups, lower back muscle groups, or pelvic muscles may also be prescribed. Core exercises are aimed at straightening your posture and equalizing the weight load on both sides of your body. Should the examination determine that your feet or pelvis are affecting the knee or hips, a referral will be made to one of our Chiropractors to assess and, if necessary, adjust the pelvis or feet to correct the abnormal mechanics.
Additional specialized treatments may also be added to your treatment plan as your Therapists deem fit. This may include any combination of ice or heat therapy, massage therapy, laser therapy, whole body cryotherapy or other soft tissue treatments aimed at relieving pain and promoting healing of the damaged hip and/or knee tissues.
If you are suffering from hip and/or knee pain, don’t hesitate to contact Elite Physiotherapy Clinic, Progressive Sports Medicine, or Total Health Link today in Burlington, ON. We’ll set up a consultation for you to discuss treatment plans with one of our licensed Burlington Doctors or Physiotherapists. Don’t wait for pain relief – get moving and take a stand against hip and knee pain relief.
Your knees are hinge joints that allow for the forward-and-backward motions within the joint.
The knee is one of the largest joints in your body, made up of a complex system of bones, tendons, and ligaments. Because of this, the knee can be easily injured due to overexertion or repetitive motions. Additionally, knee pain can be caused due to an underlying ailment. Some of the most common causes of knee pain are sprains, strains, fractures, tears, dislocation, tendinitis, bursitis, and arthritis.
There are some actions you can take on your own to relieve your knee pain, including wearing properly fitted shoes, using hot and cold remedies, stretching, and taking breaks from physical activity when noticing painful flare-ups. However, physical therapy is the best way to find consistent, long-lasting relief for your knee pain. Through manual therapy, strength training, flexibility training, balance training, and pain-specific exercises, physical therapy can get your knees moving comfortably once again.
Frequently consulting with a physical therapist is the best way to continually manage your knee pain. Having a regular physical therapy checkup ensures that your joints are working at their peak performance. In addition, any problems will be discovered early, preventing the onset of arthritis and joint injury. If you do have arthritis or have had surgery, then a regular physical therapy check-up is especially important, in order to make sure that your knee pain remains at bay.
Our physical therapists will examine your knee for signs of misalignment or structural damage, in addition to examining your stance, posture, gait, and range of motion. If needed, additional tests (such as x-rays) may be conducted. This will help determine the cause of your knee pain so we can treat it accordingly. After your initial evaluation is complete, your physical therapist will prescribe a physical therapy plan specifically for you, aimed at relieving unnatural stresses and strains, and normalizing your joint function.