Knee Pain – Treatment Plans
By Andrew Heideman PT/ATC
JOI Knee Pain Treatment Plans
MD will prescribe anti- inflammatory and possibly a knee brace to include Unloader(OA) brace to support the knee. Physical Therapy for mobility and strength. Also laser and modalities for pain control. Activity modification to include swimming and stationary cycling. Also injections may be considered. If without benefit from conservative care than a total joint replacement may be considered.
PT prior to surgery for ROM, strength and gait. Surgery to repair the torn ligament with either an autograft (own tissue) of allograft(cadaver). Initial PT starts 2 days after surgery. Post OP brace right after surgery with progression to functional brace as rehab progresses. After about 5 months’ return to jogging and sports activity around 9-12 months.
Conservative treatment with Physical Therapy to advance strength and functional activity. Initial stages with modalities to control pain/inflammation to include laser. Bracing optional. Surgery if conservative treatment fails. Recovery time is usually about 6-10 weeks if with only arthroscopic debridement.
Patella Femoral Inflammation:
Initially with anti-inflammatory and physical therapy with modalities to include laser for pain /inflammation control. Initial avoidance of squatting, steps and kneeling activity that place negative pressure on knee cap. Bracing to help control the motion and position of the knee cap. Taping can also be used in this situation. Specific strengthening exercises for the quadriceps muscles with emphasis on the VMO. Also with stretching to focus on the ITB band and hamstring. In the final stages of rehab, focus on eccentric strength and movement/sport specific activity.
Knee pain should not be ignored especially after a mechanism of trauma. Further damage that cannot be reversed will occur. Also if your knee cannot move as normal than it may also eventually impact your hip or back. Let JOI free the knee from pain.
JOI Offers Conservative Physical Therapy Approaches For Treating Knee Pain
It is not uncommon for people of various age groups to have knee pain. There are several different ways to treat pain in the knee in physical therapy. Joint mobilization, which is a hands-on technique to improve mobility of the joints, is one of the most common. Range-of-motion and strength training are also typically used as ways to treat those who are having painful knee symptoms. Lastly and perhaps most importantly is keeping up with your health. Weight loss and a healthy BMI are always recommended in the treatment of knee pain.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045
If you want to learn more about knee pain, go to: https://www.joionline.net/trending/content/5-knee-symptoms-you-should-not-ignore or https://www.joionline.net/centers-of-expertise/knee/ if you want to schedule with a JOI Knee Pain Specialist or call JOI-2000.