Hip and Knee Pain Relief
Get Rid of Your Hip and Knee Pain With Our Safe and Effective Methods
Does instability in your hips and knees make you feel afraid to perform your normal daily or recreational activities? Do sharp pains in those areas make those tasks challenging? Do you need to shift around a lot to stand for prolonged periods of time? If so, Fast Track Sports Medicine & Performance Center can help.
It is no secret that hip and knee pain can create limitations in your daily life and limit you from sports. With physical therapy, you can relieve your pain in the easiest, safest, and most comfortable way possible. If you are looking to get rid of your hip and knee pain, contact us at 703-237-3930 today to learn more about our safe and effective sports physical therapy services!
Why do I have hip or knee pain?
The hips and knees are two very different types of joints: the hips are ball-and-socket joints that act as a support for your upper body weight, while the knees are hinge joints that allow for the forward-and-backward motions within the joint. Believe it or not, the knees actually support more of your weight than the hips do, as they allow you to stand, walk, run, dance, etc. Your hips and knees rely on numerous muscles and tissues to maintain their proper function and mobility, and when things aren’t working correctly, you may experience hip or knee pain.
People can experience hip and knee pain together or separately. The hip and knee joints work in together to provide the optimum function for the lower extremities; however, sometimes a condition resulting in pain with these joints can cause their function to go awry.
Sometimes hip or knee pain originates within the respective joint; however, it is also possible that the pain you feel in your hip or knee may be rooted in a different part of the body. For example, a problem with the hip joint may transmit a pain signal to the knees, and vice versa, or even from the low back. Since the hips and knees are both parts of the same kinetic chain, they make up a combination of weight-bearing joints that must function together in harmony in order for your body and posture to function properly. If one part of the kinetic chain is out of balance, stress may be placed on another joint.
Common conditions leading to hip and knee pain:
The structures in your hips and knees are very similar, therefore they can be subject to many of the same injuries, stress, disorders, deterioration, and diseases. Some of the most common causes of hip and knee pain include:
- Cartilage injuries. Cartilage injuries can affect both the hips or knees. For example, hip pain can be caused by cartilage injuries known as labral tears, while inflammation of the bursa sacs, known as bursitis, is a specific condition that impacts the knee joint.
- Acute injuries. These are common in both hips and knees, such as sprains, strains, and dislocations.
- Overuse injuries. Several overuse injuries, including muscle strains and tendonitis, are common in both hips and knees. This is because the joints both experience constant use. Repetitive strain is the most common type of injury in athletes.
- Gait or stance imbalances. These can cause abnormal stress and premature wear-and-tear on your hips and knees, which can result in painful symptoms or arthritis.
- Weak or tight muscles. If you have weak gluteus medius muscles and tight hip flexor muscles, this can cause the hip to rotate inward without you realizing it. Because of this, abnormal stress can be put on the knees, resulting in painful conditions, such as patellofemoral stress syndrome or iliotibial band friction syndrome.
- Referred pain. Pain may also develop as a result of referred pain from a pinched sciatic nerve since the nerve travels through both areas.
Contact Fast Track Sports Medicine & Performance Center today!
If you have one of the conditions listed above or a different condition that is causing your hip or knee pain, contact Fast Track Sports Medicine & Performance Center today. One of our dedicated Fairfax physical therapists will examine your hips and knees to check for any structural damage, in addition to evaluating your functional mobility, gait/ run (if indicated), strength, posture, and range of motion. This will help compile important information for creating the best possible treatment plan for your needs. Treatment plans will focus on relieving pain, normalizing joint function, and strengthening to stabilize any abnormal stresses on your hips and knees.
Your treatment plan will include targeted strengthening and mobility exercises, aimed at stabilizing any weak hip and/or knee tissues. You may be prescribed with additional treatments as our physical therapist deems fit, including video analysis, joint mobilizations, neuromuscular reeducation, or other soft tissue treatments. These are all aimed at alleviating your pain and promoting the healing of your damaged hip and/or knee tissues.
If you have been limited by your hip and/or knee pain, schedule an appointment with our Fairfax physical therapy office today. We’ll provide you with the best methods for getting rid of your pain, so you can get back to your sport and normal daily activities!