Three goals your knee joint pain treatment should focus on

Knee Joint Pain Treatment

Knee joint pain is something many people have experienced. In fact, it’s so common that some people would say that the old saying “That’s a pain in the neck” should include the word “knee” instead. If you’re in need of knee joint pain treatment, physical therapy is an excellent treatment option, and there are three goals your physical therapy-based treatment plan should be working toward. 

1.   Reduce pain

It makes sense that the most important goal of knee joint pain treatment is to reduce your pain. Pain in your knee can make many normal activities harder to do, and it can invade every aspect of your life. Knee pain can keep you from cooking and cleaning. It can also keep you from falling asleep at night or make it harder to sit down to go to the bathroom. For all of these reasons, you’ll want to ensure that your physical therapy is geared toward decreasing pain. 

2.   Improve muscle strength

Knee joint pain treatment should have other goals as well, and improving the strength of knee-supporting muscles is one that’s vital. The muscles on the front and back of your thigh help move the knee, and they also work to keep this joint stable. Knee stability is also increased by the lower leg muscles. However, these stabilizing muscles can also be weakened by arthritis, injury and other issues that are causing your knee pain. Making improved muscle strength a goal of your physical therapy is a great way to return your knee to a more stable and less painful state. 

3.   Increase range of motion

People who have normal knee range of motion can move their knee from straight to completely bent behind them without restrictions or pain. Unfortunately, range of motion is one of the first things to go when you have a knee problem. This can be one of the effects of injuries, arthritis and other medical conditions, but decreased range of motion can also be the result of people guarding their knee. 

Guarding is when you don’t move your knee in the mistaken belief that less movement will lead to less pain. In fact, the lack of movement causes the knee to stiffen and can increase your pain, and this is why physical therapy plans typically have the goal of increasing the knee’s range of motion with gentle movements and physical activity. 

Meet all your knee joint pain treatment goals with help from Holland Physical Therapy

Holland Physical Therapy is dedicated to helping patients meet their knee pain goals, and our personalized physical therapy plans are built with the intention of: 

  • Increasing range of motion
  • Improving muscle strength
  • Reducing pain
  • Raising daily quality of life

Take the next step to begin treating your knee pain. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an appointment.