Pain management for the knees often incorporates physical therapy, since only the custom approach of one-on-one therapy can rebuild strength in damaged joints while restoring mobility. Physical therapy will differ greatly from patient to patient, because there are many potential sources for knee pain. Additionally, patients will benefit from varying levels of activity, depending on their daily lifestyles. If you are beginning an exercise program with a physical therapist to aid in the recovery of your damaged knees, here are some ways you can expect it to help:
- Improving strength in the lower body muscles: When the structure of the knee joint is compromised, building strength in the surrounding muscles can help relieve pain. More muscle mass will help the knee carry the weight of the body without sustaining further damage. Personal training with a physical therapist will allow you to gain strength and flexibility that will help you in the activities that you enjoy, whether you are a weekend warrior or a professional athlete.
- Supplementing pain management techniques with long-lasting results: Patients are often referred to physical therapy after receiving injections like viscosupplementation, because pain will be reduced to the point where exercise is more practical. As the knee is improved through physical therapy, relief from the pain injections will last longer.
- Reducing chance for future injury or progressive degeneration: Individuals who have suffered a knee injury are more likely to have future injuries of the same nature caused by regular physical activity. Those with degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis are prone to further damage because the condition will only continue to worsen. Personalized exercise routines can reduce the likelihood for these scenarios so that pain is well-controlled over an extended period.
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