Knee Pain Relief

Knee Pain Relief Minnetonka & Wayzata, MNKnee pain or injuries can be quite complex. Pain can occur due to something like arthritis or bursitis, or can be complicated by a sports injury such as tearing of your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or meniscus. Since the knee has multiple muscle, tendon, and ligament attachments, and is controlled by the muscles that connect to both the hip and ankle, it’s not uncommon for a hip or foot problem to throw your knees out of alignment. Dr. Natalie Miller at Reneu specializes in treating these types of injuries.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) often referred to runners knee, occurs with tightness in our quad muscle, and/or decreased activation of the gluteus medius muscles. It causes our patella to track laterally – not in the groove – which increases pressure in the joint. Symptoms are often described as a “diffuse” or general type of anterior knee pain, worse with going down stairs and squatting, or sitting for long periods of time.

What can I do about my knee pain?

We will conduct a thorough evaluation of  your knees, including the location and level of pain and how well your knees move in functional positions like squats and stairs. Once a diagnosis is determined, treatment will consist of manual techniques to increase blood flow to the ligaments and other structures of the knee to promote healing. This is helpful to tissues like the meniscus and other tendons that don’t normally have good blood flow. It will also incorporate strength-building movements, stretches, and other mobility-enhancing movements. Taping to improve the tracking in the patella can provide immediate relief to the knee.

Knee pain is not something that you need to live with – even if it seems minimal or that it will eventually go away – our treatments have been shown to provide relief in as little as one session.

For more information, or answers to your questions, contact us today at Wayzata & Minnetonka, MN Centers. Or if you’re ready to get started, click here to schedule an appointment.

FAQs

What causes knee pain?

Your knees are hinge joints that allow for the forward-and-backward motions within the joint.
The knee is one of the largest joints in your body, made up of a complex system of bones, tendons, and ligaments. Because of this, the knee can be easily injured due to overexertion or repetitive motions. Additionally, knee pain can be caused due to an underlying ailment. Some of the most common causes of knee pain are sprains, strains, fractures, tears, dislocation, tendinitis, bursitis, and arthritis.

What can I do to relieve knee pain?

There are some actions you can take on your own to relieve your knee pain, including wearing properly fitted shoes, using hot and cold remedies, stretching, and taking breaks from physical activity when noticing painful flare-ups. However, physical therapy is the best way to find consistent, long-lasting relief for your knee pain. Through manual therapy, strength training, flexibility training, balance training, and pain-specific exercises, physical therapy can get your knees moving comfortably once again.

How do I get rid of knee pain?

Frequently consulting with a physical therapist is the best way to continually manage your knee pain. Having a regular physical therapy checkup ensures that your joints are working at their peak performance. In addition, any problems will be discovered early, preventing the onset of arthritis and joint injury. If you do have arthritis or have had surgery, then a regular physical therapy check-up is especially important, in order to make sure that your knee pain remains at bay.

How do you diagnose knee pain?

Our physical therapists will examine your knee for signs of misalignment or structural damage, in addition to examining your stance, posture, gait, and range of motion. If needed, additional tests (such as x-rays) may be conducted. This will help determine the cause of your knee pain so we can treat it accordingly. After your initial evaluation is complete, your physical therapist will prescribe a physical therapy plan specifically for you, aimed at relieving unnatural stresses and strains, and normalizing your joint function.