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Knee Pain

Physical therapy offers numerous techniques that can ease knee pain, which may include strengthening, electrical stimulation, and more.

Physical therapy for knee pain

Approximately 25% of Americans have experienced some level of knee pain. This can make daily activities like running, walking, playing sports, or even getting up from a chair difficult.

Luckily, knee pain can be treated effectively with physical therapy.

Causes of knee pain

Knee pain can be caused by arthritis, overuse injuries, and trauma. In addition to pain, you may experience swelling, weakness, decreased flexibility, difficulty walking, or instability.

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Knee pain symptoms

Patients suffering from knee pain may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain in or around the knee
  • Knee swelling or stiffness
  • Redness or warmth to the touch
  • Popping or crunching noises
  • Difficulty bending or straightening the knee
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How we treat knee pain

Your physical therapist will complete a comprehensive evaluation aimed at determining the underlying cause of your knee pain and create a customized program to address your needs. Physical therapy for knee pain may include:

  • Strengthening exercises
  • Endurance exercises
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Modalities to relieve pain (electrical stimulation, heat, ice, ultrasound)
  • Manual therapy
  • Dry needling

Knee pain resources

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Knee pain diagnoses physical therapy can treat

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What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

*Services are not available at every location. Visit our Locations page for more details.