Your knees absorb a lot of pressure — every step you take puts 1½ times your body weight of pressure on your knees. That force only increases when you’re on an incline or running. As a result, your knees are vulnerable to a wide range of acute and wear-and-tear injuries. At Springs Physical Therapy in Silver Spring, Maryland, Negassi Seyoum, DPT, and his team provide highly customized physical therapy programs to help you recover from knee injuries quickly and safely. Call Springs Physical Therapy or request an appointment online today.
Your knees are vulnerable to a variety of both acute and gradual wear-and-tear injuries. Some of the most common knee injuries include:
If you have a knee injury, you may hear a popping noise or feel your knee give out on you. Other signs of knee injuries include severe pain, inability to bend or flex your knee, and swelling. Knee pain could also be caused by arthritis, which often develops if you’ve had a knee injury in the past.
If you suffer an acute knee injury that causes immediate swelling and pain that interferes with your movement, you should contact Springs Physical Therapy right away.
If you have less disruptive pain, you could give it a couple of days of at-home therapies like rest, ice, and heat. If your pain doesn’t start to go away with at-home care, make an appointment for an assessment.
Lost mobility is a common problem with knee injuries. Physical therapy helps you keep your muscles and connective tissue healthy and supple to prevent muscle atrophy so that when you start to stand and walk again, you maintain some muscle tone to get you started.
Your physical therapy program changes as you recover to help you throughout your recovery until you regain your prior strength and function.
Physical therapy isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the effort. You work with a trained physical therapist who creates a customized treatment plan to help you recover from your knee injury. Your program may include:
As you regain your strength and range of motion, your therapist adjusts your program to continue your progress. They also teach you exercises and stretches that you need to practice every day at home to maintain your momentum in between your appointments.
If you have a knee injury, call Springs Physical Therapy, or request an appointment online today to find out how they can help you recover and get back to your regular activities.