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Physical Therapy for Knee

If you are suffering from knee pain, then your physician might recommend you the physical therapy that would be helpful in reducing the pain, restoring the strength, and regaining the function.

Much of these can be achieved with physical therapy, as well as exercises. Most of the pains that are related to structure are associated with the improper body posture, like excess seating and bending postures, which affect your knees.

A physiotherapist should check the patient’s overall condition and the pain associated with the knee. Physical therapist would apply some hands on the work to show you an exact form. There is an ongoing discussion about your knee condition and its progress, your goals and the scheduling period. It is very essential to make sure that you have a good plan for to be a part in physical therapy.

Apart from the facts, typically physical therapy for knee means attending the sessions for 2 to 3 times per week over the duration of course that is 3 to 6 weeks that would depend on the severity of the condition.

There are several ways to treat structural aches such as medications and in few cases surgery may be needed. However, one of the most effective ways to deal with this type of pains is the physical therapy. This would entail both active and passive processes. In addition to the exercises, the physical therapist can also use other methods to help in reducing your pain, such as applying ice, ultrasound, etc.

Passive physical therapy:

This is opposed to the active therapy. The processes that are performed on the body by the physiotherapy without involving the exercising include:

·         Massage:

Massaging the deep tissues is ideal for knee pain. Through this, sufficient pressure is applied on the tissues to give relief from muscular tension and pain. Especially massage is ideal for simple conditions such as pain associated with the poor posture. If the knee pain is very severe, performing massage is not ideal and it may lead to further discomfort.

·         Electric muscle therapy:

This will help in reducing the muscular pain and body aches by alleviating the muscular tension. This method also triggers your body to produce increased amount of endorphins, which are used by your body to provide relief from pain naturally. This is mainly used for knee pain.

·         Heat therapy:

This would work very effectively in relaxing muscles and also allows the better blood circulation, which provides more nutrients and oxygen to the inflamed areas. This therapy will reduce the pain, but it can’t resolve the actual cause of the pain.

·         Active physical therapy:

This therapy involves exercises, which relaxes the body muscles and also improves the blood circulation. If the case is severe and if that is unable to treat with these exercises, other treatment methods may be used.