Hip & Knee Pain
The hip and knee are simple but very important joints. The knee contributes to strength, balance and agility, and the hip is essential to producing the power needed for many activities including lifting, pushing and pulling. If you are experiencing any type of pain or dysfunction in either the hip or knee, it is important to have it properly assessed. Injury to these joints can lead to significant balance and stability issues.
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Hawkstone physical therapists are experts at diagnosing treating conditions that affect these joints. Treatments can range from providing you with a detailed home exercise program to promote proper alignment, to acupuncture for pain relief and manual treatment to restore proper joint mechanics.
Every joint in the body experiences general wear and tear. When these joints are affected by degeneration of the cartilage lining it can result in pain with every step you take. This pain reduces the strength of the affected joint along with its range of motion. This can lead to a need for the surgical repair and replacement.
Surgical interventions, arthroscopic repairs and replacements
Sometimes surgery is needed to repair fractures and correct chronic arthritic conditions when they persist to the point where a person becomes non-functional. These procedures can range from arthroscopy to full hip or knee joint replacement.
Patellar tendon injuries
Also referred to as Jumper’s Knee, this condition is an overuse injury that results from repetitive overloading of the extensor mechanism of the knee. Jumper's Knee occurs in many types of athletes, but is most common in sports such as basketball, volleyball, or soccer, which require explosive jumping movements.
Patello Fermoral Pain Syndrome
Often referred to as Runner’s Knee, Chondromalacia Patella occurs when the patella (kneecap) doesn’t line up properly with the structures underneath and can rub or stress the cartilage on the under-surface of the patella. The tissues surrounding the kneecap get irritated and inflamed, and in severe cases, can lead to softening or breaking down of the cartilage.
Iliotibial Band Friction Syndromes
This is another overuse injury that often affects runners and can usually be recognized by pain on the outside of a knee. This injury is caused when the band of tissue that runs from your hip and buttock down to just below your knee begins to rub across a bone. It can be due to a number of factors including weak hip muscles, tight hip and knee musculature, poor running mechanics, and overtraining.