Experiencing Hip or Knee Pain?
Pain can prevent us from going about our daily routine and can be incredibly uncomfortable.
Various issues affecting both joints can cause it:
- Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis. It occurs when healthy cartilage in the joint is worn away, leaving the bones without cushioning and, therefore, unable to support weight efficiently. It may lead to a limited range of motion, popping, or clicking in your joints.
- Sciatica is caused by injury or pressure to the sciatic nerve and can be accompanied by sharp pain or numbness. Often it occurs on just one side of the body.
- Injury. The most frequent causes of injury are falling, repetitive actions, athletic activities, and car accidents. Not only active sports or regular working with hand tools may cause the injury. Ordinary things like gardening or walking up the stairs may contribute to hip and knee pain.
- Overuse is characterized by excessive and incorrect usage of joints due to athletic activities or poor posture when walking or sitting. After some time, this may lead to joint pain and an individual trying to avoid movements causing pain. In its turn, this may lead to weakening muscles that are supposed to do this work and overusing muscles that take it over. Without attention, these difficulties can intensify, resulting in persistent issues. To decrease the likelihood of injury and additional issues associated with knee and hip pain, frequent pauses from activities that might be causing the overuse, as well as stretching and avoiding specific activities, might be of help.
- Tendonitis is inflammation of tendons due to the tendons injury, overuse, or repetitive movements.
How Can We Help Manage Your Pain
As you can see, many diseases, disorders, and injuries can affect both the hips and knees. They range from premature wear and tear or referred pain from a pinched nerve to labral tears or bursitis. Fortunately, South Barrie Health Group provides physical therapy that can help relieve the pain experienced in both knee and hip without medication or surgery.
First, we will assess your current state. It will allow us find the cause of your hip or knee pain and create a treatment plan for you. We will do that during the free consultation, which you may book by contacting us. Our specialists will answer all your questions, and only then will we start the treatment to help you get back to the pain-free life you once had. We will do that with customized procedures such as mobilization, soft tissue treatments, and rehabilitation exercises.
These exercises may vary depending on the condition and imbalance experienced. They can involve strengthening and stretching the weakened muscles, improving coordination, increasing joint range of motion. Other options may include therapeutic massage, manual treatments, or using tape.
Occupational therapy is another option that can prove beneficial in terms of reducing strain on the hip. It will also advise how to change movements or repetitive actions to help prevent pain from reoccurring. It may be how you sit in your car or do your work – we can analyze that and give professional recommendations.
As well as seeking help from an occupational therapist, it’s a good idea to exercise any weakened muscles to ensure the hip is kept strong, flexible, and able to perform its job responsibly. It is also essential to reduce the strain on the hip by
- avoiding carrying heavy weights,
- avoiding sitting in low chairs,
- asking your work manager to provide you with additional equipment (footrest, etc.)
- practicing good posture
- trying to improve overall general fitness.
Finally, our specialists may advise complementary therapies – such as acupuncture – in case you have hip and knee pain.
Call us, write an email, or fill in the online form to make an appointment for a free consultation with our expert physiotherapists. If you are ready to live a pain-free life again, we will be more than glad to help you with that.