Knees… we use it for just about everything – bending, kneeling, standing, sitting, walking and running. They must be able to bend, twist, rotate and straighten, as well as bear the entire weight of the body.  Is it any wonder that it’s the most easily injured part of the body?

The knee is the largest joint in the body – made up of the femur (lower end of the thigh bone), which rotates on the upper end of the tibia (shin bone) and the patellae (knee cap), which slides in a groove on the end of the femur. Large ligaments attach to the femur and tibia for stability.

One day, a sudden jerk to the knee and… PAIN! You may start to walk with a limp, notice swelling and tenderness around the knee area, the knee joint may lock (inability to bend) or give way. You may even experience a grinding sound while moving or a popping sound. Those suffering with knee joint pain often say:

When I walk down the stairs, my knees make grinding sounds!”
“My knees just gave out while I was walking… and I fell!”

There are many factors or causes of knee joint pain:

  • Automobile or Sports Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Poor Posture
  • Weak Core Muscles
  • Vigorous Exercise
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Successful treatment of knee pain depends on finding the cause. Analysis is based upon the patient’s health history, x-rays and/or MRI findings, muscular evaluation and structural examination. It is important to keep in mind that pain may appear to be coming from the knee, but other anatomical components are usually involved, necessitating rehabilitation. These areas may include the low back, hip, pelvis, leg, quadriceps and hamstring muscles, foot and ankle.

Physical therapy is an important aspect in treating almost all orthopedic conditions, especially knee pain. Physical therapists utilize various techniques and exercises (quadriceps, hamstring and calf strengthening exercises; low-impact cardiovascular exercises) to increase strength and muscle endurance, regain mobility and help return patients to their pre-injury level of activity. If weak muscles surround the hip – a factor of knee pain, strengthening the hip stabilizing muscles are essential and part of the knee pain treatment program. Therapists may utilize heat and/or ice (to reduce inflammation and muscle spasm) and stretch the muscles surrounding the joint to help reduce knee pain. Our focus is also on balance – helping to prevent a new injury. Custom orthotics may be recommended to provide the correct support for the knee while healing.

If you are experiencing severe knee pain, treatment options are available. Once the cause has been identified, a systematic knee pain treatment plan can be created specifically to meet the needs of your body and provide you with knee pain relief. In addition, a course of treatment can correct any underlying problems that may have caused your pain in the first place. Additional treatment options offered include Acupuncture, Pain Management and Chiropractic.

Call New Jersey’s own Alternative Integrated Medical Services today at 732-254-5553 and receive a FREE Initial Consultation. Our goal is to provide the most advanced and compassionate pain relief. Our Team of Experts and friendly staff at your local East Brunswick, NJ AIMS Clinic, will help you reduce or eliminate pain and improve function. As our patient, we will teach you how to regain your health with our revolutionary new treatment program.

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