Approximately 25% of American adults have experienced knee pain at some point, affecting the function of the knee. In fact, prevalence of knee pain has increased over the past 20 years, causing many to experience difficulty performing activities such as walking, rising from a chair, climbing stairs, or playing sports. The good news, however, is that physical therapists are specially trained to help diagnose and treat knee pain, enabling many individuals return to their normal activities without pain or limitation.
What Type of Pain?
If you are experiencing knee pain, it is important to determine if the pain is acute, sub-acute, or chronic in nature. This can help guide proper diagnosis and treatment.
Where Does It Hurt?
Knee pain can occur suddenly for no apparent reason or develop slowly as the result of repetitive trauma. Knee pain occurs in different parts of the knee, depending on what structures in the knee are involved. Below is a general breakdown of the areas in which knee pain may occur and the structures of the knee that may be involved:
After a focused examination has been completed, your physical therapist can work with you to start the correct treatment. Based on the findings of your evaluation, your PT will develop a customized rehabilitation program to ensure a safe return to your desired activities. Some general treatment techniques may include: