Knee Injuries and Rehab

Knee pain is one of the most common problems we encounter in our practice. People often neglect knee pain until it becomes unbearable. The first thing we do is evaluate the patient and find out where the pain is coming from. The two places knee pain originates from is either from the muscles surrounding the knee or from the muscles surrounding the hip joint.

Once we have the evaluation, the goal of knee rehab is to strengthen the weakened knee muscles and to diminish the burden on the knee joint. Strengthening the muscles around the knee accomplishes both of these tasks because strong muscles around the knee mean fewer knee joint problems. The first step is to work with you on a simple stretching routine. Once you are warmed up and stretched, we go into specific strengthening exercises that focus on the muscles surrounding your knee that include the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles. If it is found, however, that the problems are the result of issues that originate in the hip or pelvis, we then work on strengthening the hip stabilizing muscles. Another important component of overall rehab of knee injuries is the role of building endurance. Increasing endurance is accomplished with low-impact activities such as riding a stationary bike, swimming or other pool workouts. Once your knee or hip joint muscles are no longer weak and stiff, and normal function is restored, you can go back to a routine of regular exercise such as walking. It’s also important to note, that even if surgery may be necessary, it’s important to do rehab exercises before the surgery to make recovery smoother and quicker.

Hip and Back Stability Exercise

Hip Stretches

Tips for Knee Pain

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