Physical Therapy for Knee Pain

Person who received physical therapy for knee pain in Bend, OR at Alpine Physical Therapy.

Your Knee Pain Relief Experts in Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon, is one of the most active cities in the country. Most people live here to recreate in the outdoors as often as possible. But with all that activity come sports and orthopedic-related conditions. Knee pain is close to the top of the issues we see in our Bend clinics. 

Knee pain can be caused by overuse injuries, trauma, or disease and can occur in children and adults. Depending on the extent of your knee pain and unique medical history, physical therapy has been proven to be an effective means of non-surgical treatment. Physical therapists are movement experts. Our primary function is to restore mobility, decrease pain and increase strength through manual, hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed exercise programs. Many knee-related conditions that often lead to surgery can be prevented with physical therapy.

Knee pain conditions we commonly treat in our Bend, OR clinics

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear
  • Chondromalacia patella (runner’s knee)
  • Fracture
  • Hamstring injuries
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) 
  • Knee bursitis
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) injury
  • Lower extremity stress fractures
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) injury
  • Meniscus Tears/Degeneration
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patellar instability
  • Patellofemoral (kneecap) pain
  • Postsurgical Rehabilitation
  • Plica syndrome
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) injury
  • Total knee replacement (arthroplasty)

How can a physical therapist help with knee pain?

Physical therapy is highly customized to the individual. As no two people move precisely the same, their needs will also differ. Therefore, your physical therapist will complete a thorough evaluation that includes assessing the flexibility and strength of your lower leg, orthopedic clinical testing, and an analysis of your movement patterns. The information gathered from the evaluation identifies the causes of your presentation and determines which treatment techniques are necessary for your recovery. From there, they will develop a personalized rehabilitation plan to get you back to experiencing every day.

What Types of Treatment Do Physical Therapists Use for Knee Pain?

Exercise and movement are highly effective in managing most conditions associated with conservative care for the knee. The art is knowing what is indicated to facilitate healing and when to increase treatment intensity. Treatment is focused on patient education, restoring movement, reducing pain and inflammation, and accelerating recovery. Treatments in our clinic include: 

  • Therapeutic Range of Motion Exercise
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Soft Tissue Massage/Mobilization
  • Joint Manipulation/Mobilization
  • Functional Movement Training
  • Proprioceptive, Agility, and Balance Exercise
  • Taping/Bracing/Orthotics
  • Modalities (Ultrasound/EStim/Ionto)
person who avoided surgery through physical therapy for knee pain in bend oregon

Physical Therapy and Knee Surgery

If you and your doctor decide that surgery is the best option for you, physical therapy can still be an essential part of your road to recovery both before and after surgery. Your physician may choose to send you to physical therapy before surgery for a variety of reasons. The goals of your presurgical physical therapy could include strength development, education, and the development of a home exercise routine. This is known as “pre-hab.”

Research shows that many patients who participate in pre-hab sessions with a physical therapist have faster surgical recovery and need less intensive therapy afterward. The stronger and more educated you are before surgery, the stronger, more mobile, and more confident you will be after it.

After any type of knee surgery, you may be referred to a physical therapist for a short duration. This is to help you regain your mobility, improve strength and balance, learn how to walk without an assistive device, advance your home exercise program and get back to your previous work, family and recreational activities.

    Let's Get Started. Finding a Knee Pain Physical Therapist in Bend, OR

    If you have knee pain, don’t delay treatment. Addressing knee pain early can prevent it from progressing into a more severe injury requiring surgery. Talk to your healthcare provider and ask for a physical therapy referral. However, a referral is not required in Oregon to make a physical therapy evaluation. We encourage you to schedule an appointment in our west and east side location.

     

    Our physical therapists come from various backgrounds, each with areas of expertise. When you call our office for an appointment, we can help pair you with a physical therapist best suited to your area of concern. Our knee pain physical therapists in Bend, OR, look forward to meeting you.

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