Knee pain might develop slowly from conditions like arthritis or happen suddenly if you injure the joint. Whatever the cause of your knee pain, expert physical therapy relieves your symptoms and helps you heal. Based in Livingston, New Jersey, Elizabeth Lee, PT, DPT, and Dr. Noel Punzalan and the team at Life Home Therapy provide home visits to patients across Essex County, Morris County, Union County, Somerset County, and Passaic County who are experiencing disabling knee pain. To benefit from their expertise, call Life Home Therapy today to schedule a home visit or book an appointment online.
Knee pain is a common problem as these large joints have to deal with significant degrees of stress every day. Because they work so hard supporting most of your weight and are constantly in motion when you walk, run, and jump, it's not surprising that knees often suffer from acute injuries and wear-and-tear disorders.
Sports injuries are a frequent cause of knee pain because playing sports can be especially hard on your knees. Common knee injuries and chronic conditions that cause knee pain include:
As well as the ACL, there are three other ligaments in your knee that could also suffer sprains or tears.
Diagnosing the cause of your knee pain is an important first step in designing a suitable treatment program. Dr. Lee and Dr. Punzalan begin by examining the affected joint and finding out about the pain – how it started, what it feels like, and other symptoms such as weakness or stiffness, for example.
They also look at your medical history and ask about your work and other relevant information about your lifestyle. Following these initial investigations, Dr. Lee and Dr. Punzalan can formulate a preliminary diagnosis that might need confirming using X-rays or other forms of diagnostic imaging.
Imaging studies can also provide more information about the extent of any tissue damage.
After reaching a diagnosis, Dr. Lee and Dr. Punzalan create a tailored treatment plan for you that incorporates the most effective forms of therapy for your condition. This treatment program could include:
Knee injuries sometimes benefit from the use of a brace that supports the joint, taking the pressure off of damaged ligaments and tendons and enabling healing to take place.
Physical therapy also helps the tissues in your knee to heal by increasing blood flow, which brings oxygen, nutrients, and growth factors to the injury to stimulate repair and regeneration.
It's also vital that you maintain the strength and mobility of the muscles and supportive structures in your knee. Otherwise, the joint and leg weaken, making it harder to recover and possibly leading to chronic problems.
If you're struggling with knee pain, get prompt, expert help by calling Life Home Therapy today or book your one-to-one appointment using the online form.