by Dr. Michael Baranov, PT, December 28, 2015
Knee pain is a common condition especially found in older people. Not only is knee pain extremely painful, but it can seriously hinder an individual’s ability to function properly and perform simple every-day tasks. In some cases, knee pain can be a sign of a serious injury, and surgery may be required.
Causes of knee pain can be divided into three general categories, according to MedicineNet: A physical injury to a bone or joint; a medical condition such as arthritis; or it can be a result of overuse, which is more common in middle-aged and older people.
Arthritis and Physical Therapy…Not the Only Resource
Community-based programs can help beyond physical therapy. Here’s a resource for you (make sure you check the reference):
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) also supports the use of these programs as part of patient care.
Choosing and Locating a Program
Community-based physical activity programs are low-cost and widely available. They meet in convenient locations such as recreational facilities and community centers. Fees may vary by location. Talk to your physical therapist to find a program that’s right for you and to see what programs are offered in your area.
Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program (.pdf)
A group exercise program where you’ll learn safe stretching, breathing, endurance, and balance activities. The program is now supported by the Aquatic Exercise Association. Check the Arthritis Foundation class list for current locations.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (.pdf)
A gentle, warm water exercise program held at local pools. The program is now supported by the Aquatic Exercise Association. Check the Arthritis Foundation class list for current locations.
Hip and Knee Pain Can Be Complex – We Can Help
Each of these categories contain a wide variety of conditions, and only an experienced knee pain specialist can accurately assess a particular situation.
The pain may be caused by simple overuse and too much wear and tear; on the other hand, it may be a sign of a serious inflammation or arthritis. There are many types of arthritis, with the most common being rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and osteoarthritis. These conditions cause extreme inflammation in the knee’s cartilage and joints, cause acute pain, and can even lead to a loss of cartilage.
Knee pain may also be a sign of a broken or fractured bone, which may require surgery. There may be other injuries causing knee pain. It can be caused by a dislocated knee; by a torn cartilage, which is what pads the joints; or by a torn or fractured ligament, which is what connects the upper thigh bone with the lower leg bone.
If you are in pain and cannot function properly because of your knees, then you’ve come to the right place. We provide the some of the best knee pain treatment to Flatbush, Fresh Meadows and Ditmas Park residents, and our experienced staff will take care of all your hip and/or knee pain needs.
For more information, feel free to contact us. You will only have yourself to thank.