When You Should Seek Treatment for Knee Pain

The knee is a complex joint surrounded by intricately connected tendons, ligaments and muscles. Because the knee plays such a vital role in movement and supporting your body weight, it can be common for it to become sore or painful.

Many cases of knee pain are related to overactivity or strain. These types of pain typically go away after a few days. If you’re experiencing acute knee pain, you should try some of the following to help reduce the pain:

  • Ice — Putting a bag of ice or frozen vegetables on the knee can help reduce pain and swelling. Do this for about 15 minutes two or three times a day. 
  • Rest — Resting your knee means you should cut back on strenuous activities but should continue moving around. 
  • Compression — Wrap your knee in a compression bandage to help reduce pain and swelling. Make sure you don’t wrap up the knee too tight and cut off circulation or cause more pain.

Light knee pain related to strain and overactivity tends to go away after a few days of self-care, but cases of chronic or severe knee pain require medical attention. If you have any doubts about the severity of your knee pain, you should seek a medical opinion.

What to do if you have severe knee pain

If your knee pain is extremely uncomfortable or lasts for more than a few days, you should get the opinion of your primary care provider or a physical therapist. At Back in Motion Physical Therapy, our physical therapists can identify the cause of your knee pain and developing a treatment plan.

Many cases of chronic knee pain that physical therapy can help to treat include the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Meniscus tears
  • Ligament tears and more

The team at Back in Motion Physical Therapy shares decades of experience in treating a variety of conditions, including knee pain. We work with patients one-on-one, using the latest technology and treatment methods to help reduce pain and improve quality of life.

Are you ready to speak with one of our team members at Back in Motion Physical Therapy about your knee pain? Contact us today to schedule an appointment and discover how we may help you.

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