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Can Physical Therapy Help Knee Pain?

Physical therapy can help with knee pain by reducing inflammation and improving range of motion and strength in the knee joint. Techniques such as exercise, stretching, and manual therapy can be used to alleviate pain and improve function. A physical therapist can also work with a patient to develop an individualized treatment plan and teach them exercises that can be done at home to continue managing knee pain.

Additionally, Physical therapy can also help identify and address any underlying conditions that may be contributing to the knee pain, such as muscle imbalances or poor biomechanics.

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What Type of Knee Pain Do You Have?

Acute Knee Pain

Acute pain is a normal response to injury or tissue damage, and it is usually severe and short-lived. It is typically associated with inflammation, swelling and redness and it will usually resolve within a few days or weeks. Examples of acute pain include a broken bone, surgery or cut.

Sub Acute Knee Pain

Subacute pain is a type of pain that lasts longer than acute pain, but not as long as chronic pain. It usually lasts between 4 to 12 weeks, and it can be caused by a variety of conditions such as sprains, strains, or soft tissue injuries. This type of pain is less severe than acute pain, but it may be persistent.

Chronic Knee Pain

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks and can continue for months or even years. Chronic pain can result from a previous injury, disease, or nerve damage. Chronic pain can be more severe than acute pain, and it can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. The pain is usually not associated with inflammation, redness and swelling and can be difficult to treat. Examples of chronic pain include osteoarthritis, chronic back pain, and fibromyalgia.

It is important to note that the duration of pain is not the only criteria to categorize pain as acute, subacute, or chronic, but it is one of the most commonly used.

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Dr. Tyler is a physical therapist and founder Scottsdale Physical Therapy & Performance in North Scottsdale, Arizona. He see golfers, MMA athletes and active adults. His focus is offering one-on-one sessions for 1 hour focused on developing individualized programs to get you back to your goals.

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– Dr. Tyler PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, TPI-2

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