How Can a Physical Therapist Help You with Knee Issues? - Mark Smith, PT

Posted: February 20, 2019

Based on the findings of your evaluation, your physical therapist will develop a customized rehabilitation program to ensure a safe return to your desired activities. Some general treatment techniques may include:

Pain management -
Your physical therapist may provide treatments using different "modalities" such as ice, heat, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation to help decrease pain and swelling.

Manual therapy - Your therapist will apply manual (hands-on) therapy to gently guide movement of the knee area to restore joint and tissue mobility.

Therapeutic exercises - Your physical therapist will prescribe specific strengthening, flexibility, and endurance exercises to address your specific needs and goals.

Functional exercises - You will learn individualized exercises designed to help you return to your home, work, and sport activities. These also may include balance and coordination exercises.

Self-care instruction - Your physical therapist will teach you ways to manage your pain at home, and design a safe and effective home-exercise program based on your specific condition, which you can continue long after your formal physical therapy sessions have ended. You also will learn how to avoid placing unnecessary forces on the knee during your daily activities for years to come.



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