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New Year New Knee – Reducing And Treating Knee Pain

You are excited to welcome in the New Year and there is a lot of anticipation and optimism into heading 2023, however, you are still carrying knee pain with you that was holding you back last year and you are determined to leave it behind like you have with 2022.  

But, you don’t know where to start or what to do to rid of your knee pain.  

We suggest that you come to see us and get professional medical advice so you can start to get relief from your knee pain. Nobody likes to live in pain and we know that it can be frustrating because it keeps you from living a happy and healthy life in most cases.    

In this blog, we will talk about some of the issues that could be causing the issues in your knee and the things you can be doing to relieve some of the pain, and the effects it is having on your day-to-day activities.

What Could Be Causing The Pain In My Knee? 

Knee discomfort can be caused by an injury, such as a torn ligament or cartilage. Knee discomfort can also be caused by medical disorders such as arthritis, gout, and infections.  

The pain you are experience could be a result of any of the issues above and each patient is different, so trying to pinpoint the problem causing you pain is difficult because all knees will be different and respond in certain ways.  

Symptoms that usually occur when you are having knee problems include, swelling, stiffness, spots where it is warm at the touch, weakness and instability, or crunching and popping noises. These are all signs that there is more to it than just pain, and we suggest that you see your doctor if any of these symptoms persist.  

Understanding what is causing the knee pain is key in how to treat it, but that is just half the battle. Identifying the areas where it hurts, what to look for when there is pain, and how to know when you need to seek medical advice is something that could help you on reducing or eliminating the pain.  

Your doctor can help you identify solutions and get you on the mend from a bad knee. You can visit our clinic and we can also come up with a plan to help you alleviate or eliminate the issues that you may be having.  

Exercises And Treatment For Knee Pain 

RICE Can Help Alleviate Pain In The Knee 

The RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) is a great place to start. This can help with acute pain, but persistent pain requires a different approach. Rest may weaken muscles that need to be strengthened to minimize or eliminate chronic pain. 

Do the RIGHT Exercises 

Make sure that you are doing the right exercises or you could be making matters worse. Many issues stem from the knee not being as strong and stable as it could be and this causes a chain reaction in the knee. Muscles around the are causing problems are often weaker and not supporting the body the way that they should.  

Muscle weakness is a common cause of knee injury. Building up your quadriceps and hamstrings, the muscles on the front and rear of your legs that assist support your knees, will benefit you. Balance and stability exercise improves the coordination of the muscles around your knees. 

Stretching is also crucial since tight muscles can contribute to injury. Incorporate flexibility exercises into your routines. 

Also, switching to less impact exercising can help reduce the pain that you feel when being active. Swimming, water aerobics, and low impact workouts can give the knee a break, but will also strengthen the muscles in and around the knee to help you gain the support you need and take the stress of the problem area.  

Life changes 

Maintaining a healthy weight will ultimately lead to a healthy body and mind. Knee problems can stem from being overweight and the stress you put on the rest of your body can be reduced if you do watch your weight and focus on a healthier lifestyle.  

Exercising can help tremendously in reducing and preventing knee pain. You can get ahead of pain and issues in the body by maintaining your body and setting up a routine to make sure that you are getting the proper amount of exercise.  

Physical Therapy 

Strengthening the muscles around your knee will increase its stability. Depending on the cause of your discomfort, your doctor may suggest physical therapy or other sorts of strengthening activities. 

If you are physically active or participate in sports, you may require workouts to address movement patterns that are causing problems with your knees and to build proper technique throughout your sport or activity. Exercises that increase flexibility and balance are also beneficial. 

How To Treat Your Knee Pain And Understanding The Causes Of Your Pain

If you’ve been struggling with knee pain for more than a week, it keeps coming back or it’s become more painful, there may be a more serious cause of the problem. 

One that walking and other exercises can’t fix. 

If this sounds like you, we would love to invite you for a free knee pain assessment, which will enable you to get a full diagnosis and finally understand the real reason your knee pain won’t go away! 

You can contact us by telephone at 425-658-4944 to claim your free knee pain assessment or by completing our inquiry form in under 30 seconds. 

Not sure whether physical therapy is right for you? 

We appreciate that you may want to find out more and ask some questions about private Physical Therapy which is you can arrange a FREE Discovery Session or a FREE Telephone Consultation. 

Other Free Resources To Help You With Knee Pain 

Download our free knee pain guide here and discover 7 incredibly easy ways to get rid of knee pain without medication or surgery! 

Follow us on social media at Physical Therapy for Everybody Facebook Page and Physical Therapy for Everybody YouTube Channel.  

Dr. Amy Konvalin

Dr. Amy Konvalin

Struggling with pain and dysfunction can impact every part of our lives — it drains our energy, distracts us from our goals, and keeps us from the people and activities we love. As an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Dr. Amy Konvalin understands how frustrating those limitations can be — and she knows how to help get you back to the life you want to live! Beginning with a focused evaluation, Dr. Amy works to determine the root causes of your pain, as well as understanding how it affects the way you move through your world. Dysfunctional patterns of movement often grow worse with time and cause further damage if left untreated — so it’s important to address these issues as soon as possible. Dr. Amy knows there is no one-size-fits-all plan for success, and she partners with patients to identify their unique treatment goals and personal values. Using these goals as a guide, Amy uses her doctorate training in manual (hands-on) therapy and exercise prescription to treat patients with a wide variety of medical challenges and histories throughout the Maple Valley, Black Diamond and Covington areas. Dr. Amy is also a wife to a Boeing superstar/former C-130 navigator. While they lived in Germany, Dr. Amy was able to volunteer with the US Army to treat military personnel and civilians on base. She has two beautiful teenage ballerinas who keep her on her toes and educate her on all things ballet! Bailey, the princess pup, is her running partner and her napping partner. In the spare moments in between, Amy enjoys reading, yoga, wine with friends, Pilates, and walking on the beach.
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