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Why am I having knee pain?

4/6/17 1:06 PM

Injuries can happen any time during your training process, it is important to understand the difference between a “good pain” and a “bad pain”.  At Onondaga Physical Therapy we offer Free Injury Screens as well as full evaluations to help quickly diagnose your issue, and help you on the road to recovery. 



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Knee injuries are very common among active individuals and best treated as soon as the pain starts – waiting typically lengthens the rehab time.


  • Causes: Poor stability above or below the knee, poor or old footwear, sedentary lifestyle, poor mechanics, too much training of the “same muscles” without cross-training 

  • Symptoms: Pain with or following activity, tenderness to touch, inflammation and swelling


  • Possible Diagnosis: Meniscus tear, ligament sprain, overuse injury, patellofemoral pain syndrome, bursitis vs. tendonitis, aggravated arthritis


  • Treatment: Rest, ice, strengthening of hip and ankle musculature, mechanical evaluation, functional retraining, and balance re-education


Why Physical Therapy?


By having a physical therapist examine your knee, we can determine the location of the pain, as well as the cause of the pain.  It’s one thing to treat the symptoms, it’s another to treat the cause.  If weakness in your hips or poor balance in the ankle/foot is driving your knee pain, we’ll figure that out.  There are a lot of things we can do to ensure you continue with your active lifestyle, but enhance the benefits of the hard work you’re already putting in based on your specific needs, weaknesses, and flexibility deficits.



Knee Exercise Request



If you feel like you need more than a few exercise to do at home, we would love to see you for a full consultation.  Click the link below and we can help you get set up!

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Written by Taryn Bader.

Taryn Bader, PT is currently practicing as a Physical Therapist in our Onondaga Hill location.

Topics: injury, Knee Pain