Common Knee Injuries
These are some of the more common and general injuries we may see and are not an exhaustive list. Our dedicated and experienced staff will work with you on any issues and pain you may be experiencing and create a unique plan of care to meet and exceed your goals.
Pre/Post Op ACL
Following ACL injury, you will work with your surgeon to establish a timeline for surgery and the whether pre-operative therapy is indicated. During pre-operative ACL rehabilitation the primary goals will be to regain range of motion, reduce swelling, and to maintain muscle strength and control as able. Following surgery, your surgeon will recommend initiating post-operative therapy within 2 weeks of surgery. Your physical therapist will work with you and the surgical team to establish a plan of care that aligns with the surgeon’s rehabilitation protocol, your goals, and current treatment recommendations. Throughout the rehabilitation process, your physical therapist will work with you to establish short and long term goals that will assist you in returning to your goal activity as appropriate.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome describes the general pain around the knee cap area and is often associated with overuse. Following an evaluation, your physical therapist will work with you to establish a treatment plan that gets you back to performing at your best. Treatment often includes a combination of strengthening, stretching, balance, general conditioning, manual therapy, and progressive activity to get you back to the activities you enjoy.
IT Band Syndrome
The IT Band is a tendinous structure that runs the length of the thigh along the outside from the hip to the knee. Irritation can occur both at the knee or along the outer hip and thigh. IT band syndrome is often associated with overuse in runners, field athletes, cyclists, and more. Following evaluation, your physical therapist will work with you to establish a treatment plan that includes a combination of strengthening, stretching, manual therapy, and other forms of self-management as appropriate. Throughout this process, your PT will assist you in establishing a return to activity program as appropriate.
Knee ligament sprains are common in athletes and are often associated with a specific injury or trauma. When knee ligament injury is suspected, it is beneficial to establish the level of injury through examination and diagnostics by the medical team. Your physical therapist will work with you and the medical team to establish a treatment plan and activity progression to get you back to your desired level of performance and activity.
Total knee replacement is a frequently seen surgery in physical therapy clinics. Treatment emphasizes symptom management including swelling and pain management (early on), restoration of range of motion, strength, and a gradual return to an active lifestyle as appropriate. Our physical therapists are well versed in knee replacement surgery and will work with you and the medical team throughout your rehabilitation to ensure you get back to the activities you enjoy.