How to know if you may have arthritis in the knees

How to Know If You May Have Arthritis in the Knees

Arthritis in the knees can be painful, persistent, and limit mobility and activity. The knee is one of the most commonly affected areas for arthritis. While age is the most common reason for arthritis in the knees, a number of other factors can cause it to develop such as weight, heredity, gender, injury, athletics and illnesses.

Symptoms

If you are experiencing any of the following, it is important to seek out a physical exam in order to begin a treatment plan. Symptoms can include one or more of the following:

  • Swelling
  • Warmth in the knee joint
  • Increased pain during activity that decreases with rest
  • Stiffness and difficulty straightening the knee, especially after periods of sitting or lying down
  • A noisy knee such as popping or creaking when moved
  • Difficulty rising from sitting or when using the stairs or simply walking

Once it is confirmed that you are suffering from arthritis in your knees, various treatments are available. 

Physical therapy for arthritis in the knees

Studies have shown that patients who undergo physical therapy have a better chance of pain relief of those who do not. Physical therapists can help guide you through an individualized treatment plan and utilize therapies that are specific to your condition. Together you can target arthritic pain and work to improve joint mobility while increasing joint stability.

At Holland Physical Therapy, our specialists utilize a number of techniques. The following therapies are not a one-size-fits-all model. Each requires the skill and experience of a physical therapist who will be able to determine if it is the right procedure for you or your loved one. Here are just a few of the mobilization techniques that are available: 

  • Joint mobilization — involves the passive movement of specific joints using the skilled application of force, direction and technique. The therapy is used to help reduce pain, improve range of motion and improve the quality of joint movement.
  • The Mulligan technique — uses a series of hands-on techniques to assist you in regaining full function and movement. This technique requires specific kneading and stretching of the muscles and joints. It allows you, the patient, to take a more active role in your treatment and includes follow-up exercises at home. 
  • Therapeutic exercise — used to increase your range of motion and help your joints move better and with less pain. When you treat arthritic pain with only rest and medication, you may be allowing the muscles around the joint to weaken, which could cause more pain in the future as well as a lower range of motion.  

Discover how physical therapy can help with arthritis in your knees. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a complimentary screening.