Knee pain is a common ailment that is found in people of all ages, gender and race. A physical examination will not help in this regard because it will not reveal any abnormalities. The best way to know about the problem is to take a test called the Wernicke-Korsakoff test. This test reveals if you have any abnormalities and if you have arthritis in your knees. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and it is a degenerative disease that affects the joint making it stiff and deformed.
In addition to the Knee Therapy, a physical therapist will do several other things for you. He will also make sure that you do not aggravate your knee pain by doing activities that can make it worse. These activities include jumping, twisting and turning the knee. A physical therapist may also instruct you to do some exercises on your own.
Knee pain usually occurs due to various reasons and there could be many things that are wrong with your knee. Before starting any physical therapy for knee pain, it is important to find out if there is a cause. This will help you know what should be done to solve your problem. There are several things that are causing the pain, weakness and immobility of the knee, lack of strength would be one of them.
You will feel pain and stiffness in your knee, if you overuse it, for instance, doing too much of bending and moving your knee without proper stretching. You may have injured your knee during the recent sports that you played. Some people injure their knees while running, basketball, tennis and soccer. The types of physical therapy that a physical therapist will be able to do for you depend on the severity of your knee pain. If your knee is not responding well after a certain type of exercise, then you may need a different type of exercise.
When we talk about osteoarthritis or the degeneration of the bone, we normally associate it with aging. Actually, some people get osteoarthritis due to their genetic structure. However, there are many middle-aged and older people who develop osteoarthritis because of their lifestyle. Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis, where the cartilage cushioning the bones slips away, thus causing pain and disability to the person.
Knee pain and immobility are also common to people with osteoarthritis. One of the most common physical therapist tasks is using NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the inflammation and pain of the arthritis. Physical therapists can also suggest other treatments that will help you improve your knee’s condition such as strengthening it, increasing its flexibility and decreasing the risk of infections. This will all depend on the diagnosis of the physical therapist and what type of knee problems he or she is dealing with.
When the condition of the knee is diagnosed to be osteoarthritis, the physical therapist will start with a thorough examination to evaluate the state of the knee cap and the inner knee. He will ask questions regarding your history of knee injury, knee pain and overall health. He needs to know your medical history and allergies, if you are prone to them. The doctor will also try to determine the cause of your problem. He needs to do this in order to prescribe the proper treatment for your specific case. Treatments for osteoarthritis usually involve immobility (rest) as well as strengthening the surrounding muscles and joints.
For instance, if you have hyperextension of the knee, then the physical therapist may suggest that you perform exercises that strengthen the large muscle groups of the quadriceps and the vastus medialis oblique. He may also recommend deep-tissue massage, as this has been found to be an effective means of treating the problem of hyperextension of the knee. Strengthening the surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments will help in preventing a recurrence of your problem. If you are prone to knee injuries and you notice a recurrence of the problem after a few months, then it is best that you discuss with your physician about the possibility of having a surgical procedure to strengthen your knee.