Hip Pain Relief and Knee Pain Relief Waynesboro & Staunton, VA - Synergy Rehab & Wellness
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Hip and Knee Pain Relief

Before I came to Synergy I had severe knee pain after my knee replacement. I could not stand anything to touch my knee. Sleeping was a real problem as I could not stand the sheets to touch my knee. Later this was diagnosed as CRPS, but before the diagnosis, my therapists Joe and Jen went to work strengthening my painful knee. They were disciplined, organized and worked with me to attack this problem. They have succeeded by helping me get relief enough so I can sleep and have clothes touch my knee. I would recommend Synergy to anyone who has a need for physical therapy. All of the staff are wonderful!

~ Carole W.

The program has been very beneficial! I have been challenged to take steroids for hip improvement with hands-on care and exercise.I recommend Waynesboro Synergy to anyone who desires to feel better PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY. The staff has been and is OUTSTANDING. Their aim has been to improve my hip with less pain and better mobility.I look forward to returning after hip replacement.

~ Brenda B.

My life revolves around running. It is my passion and my #1 way to deal with the stress of work and life in general. This past April I was devastated to become injured after months of training so diligently for a local half marathon. One week before the race I wasn't able to run even a few steps without being in extreme pain in my knee. I was told by my orthopedic that this injury would prevent me from being a major long-distance runner ever again. A local runner encouraged me to schedule an appointment with Maddie and the rest is history. I feel confident with the exercises and stretches that the therapists at Synergy gave me, I will be able to continue to get stronger and prevent an injury similar to this one in the future.

~ Julie S.

Common Causes of Hip and Knee Pain – and How We Can Help You Treat It

Do sharp pains in your hip make it difficult to get up in the mornings, move about during the day, and lie back down at night? Do your knees feel painful, or feel as if they may buckle underneath you without warning? Hip joint pain and knee pain can seriously interfere with your life, especially if you are dealing with both. Whichever may be hurting you, physical therapy at Synergy Rehab & Wellness in Staunton or Waynesboro, VA can help get to the root of your problem safely and comfortably, without the need for harmful drugs or surgery. Request your free discovery session today.

What’s the reason for my hip and knee pain?

Many times, the hips and knees suffer the same diseases, disorders, and injuries. For example, overuse injuries such as tendinitis and chronic muscle strains are common in both the hips and knees because both joints are constantly in use. They are also both subject to acute injuries, such as sprains, strains, and dislocation. 

Hip and knee pain can also be affected by referred pain from a pinched sciatic nerve, as the nerve travels through both areas. Imbalances in your stance or gait may cause abnormal stresses and premature wear-and-tear in your hips and knees, resulting in pain or arthritis.

Some painful conditions may be specific to one joint or the other. Cartilage injuries known as labral tears are specific to hip pain, while inflammation of the bursa sacs known as bursitis is a specific condition affecting the knee joint. However, painful injuries that cause instability in the hips can also affect the knees. Tight hip flexor muscles and weak gluteus medius muscles can cause the hip to rotate inward without you realizing it. This can cause painful concitions such as iliotibial band friction syndrome or patellofemoral stress syndrome, as stress is put on the knee or kneecap.

How does hip and knee pain develop?

Hip and knee pains can be experienced together or separately, but it is important to note that as the old saying goes, your knee bone is connected to your hip bone, therefore what happens with one, affects the other. Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint that works to support the weight of your upper body, relying on multiple muscles and tissues to keep it mobile and stable so it can function properly. Your knee is a hinge joint, confined to forward-and-backward motions. Individually, your knees support more weight than the hips, 6 times your body weight when doing a squat. Proper movement of both your hips and knees allows complicated motions, giving you the ability to stand, walk, run, and dance without falling over. 

Pain felt in the hips and/or knees may originate in the joints themselves, but it may also be a result of an underlying condition in another part of the body. For example, your hips and knees are part of the same kinetic chain, meaning they make up a combination of weight-bearing joints that must function together in harmony in order for your body and posture to function properly. Therefore, a problem with your knee joint may transmit abnormal forces to your hips, and vice versa. If one part of the kinetic chain is out of balance, stress and deterioration may be placed on another.

What can physical therapy do for my hip or knee pain?

The physical therapy treatments at Synergy Rehab & Wellness can help to greatly reduce your hip and knee pain. In many cases, it can even relieve it all together, sparing you the need for potentially harmful medication or surgical correction. Our Staunton or Waynesboro, VA physical therapists will examine your hip and/or knee for signs of misalignment or structural damage, in addition to examining your stance, posture, gait, and range of motion. After your physical exam is complete, our physical therapists will prescribe a physical therapy plan for you, aimed at relieving unnatural stresses and strains, and normalizing your joint function.

You will be given targeted exercises designed for relieving joint pain and stabilizing any weak hip and/or knee tissues. The exercises may vary depending on your condition; for example, research has demonstrated that those suffering from patella pain (kneecap pain) tend to respond better to exercises that focus on strengthening both the hips and knees, rather than just focusing on the knees alone. 

You may also be given exercises designed to strengthen the core, including your lower back muscle groups, lower abdominal muscle groups, or pelvic muscles. Core exercises are aimed at straightening your posture and equalizing the weight load on both sides of your body. Additional specialized treatments may also be added as our physical therapists deem fit, such as mobilizations to improve joint movement or other soft tissue treatments that relieve pain and promote the healing of damaged hip and/or knee tissues. 

It is time to take a stand against your hip and knee pain. Contact Synergy Rehab & Wellness today to request a free discovery session with one of our dedicated Staunton or Waynesboro, VA physical therapists, and get started on the path toward long-lasting pain relief. Your hips and knees will be glad you did!

FAQs

What causes knee pain?

Your knees are hinge joints that allow for the forward-and-backward motions within the joint.
The knee is one of the largest joints in your body, made up of a complex system of bones, tendons, and ligaments. Because of this, the knee can be easily injured due to overexertion or repetitive motions. Additionally, knee pain can be caused due to an underlying ailment. Some of the most common causes of knee pain are sprains, strains, fractures, tears, dislocation, tendinitis, bursitis, and arthritis.

What can I do to relieve knee pain?

There are some actions you can take on your own to relieve your knee pain, including wearing properly fitted shoes, using hot and cold remedies, stretching, and taking breaks from physical activity when noticing painful flare-ups. However, physical therapy is the best way to find consistent, long-lasting relief for your knee pain. Through manual therapy, strength training, flexibility training, balance training, and pain-specific exercises, physical therapy can get your knees moving comfortably once again.

How do I get rid of knee pain?

Frequently consulting with a physical therapist is the best way to continually manage your knee pain. Having a regular physical therapy checkup ensures that your joints are working at their peak performance. In addition, any problems will be discovered early, preventing the onset of arthritis and joint injury. If you do have arthritis or have had surgery, then a regular physical therapy check-up is especially important, in order to make sure that your knee pain remains at bay.

How do you diagnose knee pain?

Our physical therapists will examine your knee for signs of misalignment or structural damage, in addition to examining your stance, posture, gait, and range of motion. If needed, additional tests (such as x-rays) may be conducted. This will help determine the cause of your knee pain so we can treat it accordingly. After your initial evaluation is complete, your physical therapist will prescribe a physical therapy plan specifically for you, aimed at relieving unnatural stresses and strains, and normalizing your joint function.