Hip and Knee Pain Relief
How Aquatic Therapy Can Treat Hip and Knee Pain
Say Goodbye To Your Pain – Aquatic Therapy Can Bring You Relief!
Aquatic therapy is one of the most effective ways to treat hip and knee pain. This kind of therapy is used to increase resistance. Buoyancy reduces the amount of pressure felt in aching joints, and allows a patient to perform specific exercises that may prove to be too difficult outside of water. The soothing warmth and pressure of the water can also provide pain relief as well as decrease swelling and inflammation. If you are struggling with painful knees that feel as if they might give out from under you, or intense pain in your hips is making it hard for you to get out of bed in the morning, this kind of therapy may be a good fit for you!
At Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center our aquatic therapy is beneficial for patients affected by hip and knee pain. Aquatic therapy can get to the source of your problem safely and comfortably, without unnecessary drugs or expensive surgeries. The reduced weight bearing properties of water will provide a gentle environment for your joints so that we can improve your joint mobility and muscle strength.
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What do hip and knee joints support in the body?
It is true that hip and knee pain can be experienced together or as separate issues. But seeing as the knee bone and hip bones are connected, what happens to one will indefinitely affect the other at some point. Your hip is considered a “ball-and-socket” joint that works to support your upper body weight. It relies on many different muscles and tissues to keep it stable and moving properly.
Unlike your hips, your knees are called “hinge joints.” They can only make forward and backward motions. Both of your knees support more weight than your hips do, and if you do a squat, they’re supporting six times your body weight! You can do complex motions such as running, dancing, walking, or even just standing, when your knees and hips are moving properly. When they are not moving properly, you are liable to lose your balance and fall over!
What causes hip joint pain and/or knee pain?
Did you know that hip and knee pain may start in the joints themselves, but can also be the outcome of an underlying condition in a separate part of your body? This is because your knees and hips are both a part of the same kinetic chain, meaning they make up a combination of joints that bear a lot of weight, and so they must work together in harmony in order for your body and posture to function together properly.
Due to these complex connections, any issue you might have in your knee joint can cause you to experience pain in your hips, and vice versa. If just one part of the kinetic chain is interrupted or thrown off balance, the other part may be heavily affected by stress and deterioration.
What kind of problems can affect knees and hips?
Oftentimes, the knees and hips can suffer from the same disorders, injuries, and diseases. Injuries that take place as a result of overuse (tendinitis, chronic muscle strain) are very common in the hips and the knees because both of these joints are constantly being used. These joints are also susceptible to acute injuries as well, such as dislocation, sprains, and strains.
Hip and knee pain can also be amplified from other pain as well. An example could be a pinched sciatic nerve, because the nerve travels through both of these areas. Having poor posture or a gait that is a bit off can also cause unusual stresses and premature wear-and-tear in your knees and hips. One particularly common painful outcome of a situation like this is arthritis.
There are plenty of painful conditions that are specific to either the hips or the knee joints, but not both. Labral tears are cartilage injuries specific to hip pain. Bursitis, or inflammation of the bursa sacs, is a condition that specifically affects the knee joint.
This doesn’t mean that painful injuries in the hips can’t also affect the knees — they definitely can! The hip can rotate inwards without you realizing what’s going on if you have tight hip flexor muscles or weak gluteus medius muscles. This in turn causes conditions such as patellofemoral stress syndrome or iliotibial band friction syndrome in the knees, because stress is put on the knee or kneecap.
Aquatic therapy can help give you relief from hip and knee pain
Here at Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center we offer treatment to relieve and reduce your nagging hip and knee pain so that you don’t have to go down the route of expensive correctional surgeries or addictive medications. Our physical and occupational therapists will take a look at the areas causing you pain and design a program that will address these areas. They will also examine your posture, stance, range of motion, and gait. After your physical examination is finished, our physical and occupational therapists here at Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center will be able to create a customized aquatic therapy treatment plan for you. It will be aimed at getting rid of your strains, unnecessary stresses, and restoring proper joint function.
Your physical and occupational therapist will prescribe you specific exercises that are designed to target areas of pain and stabilize your weak knee and/or hip tissue. These exercises might be different depending on what kind of condition you are struggling with; for example, research shows that those suffering from patella pain (pain in the kneecaps) are more likely to respond better to exercises that focus on strengthening both the hips and knees, rather than just focusing on the knees by themselves.
Core strengthening exercises might also be assigned to you. These are meant to target issues in your lower back muscles, pelvic muscles, or lower abdominal muscles. They are aimed at straightening your posture and leveling out the amount of weight you carry on both sides of your body.
Contact our office today to get started with your healing
Contact Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center today at Port Charlotte, FL to speak with one of our dedicated physical and occupational therapists, and get started on the path toward long-lasting pain relief. It is time to take a stand against your hip and knee pain. Your hips and knees will thank you for it later!