Hip & Knee Pain in Orlando

Your hips and knees are the largest joints in your body. While many people may experience hip pain or knee pain on their own, it is also common to experience them together as well. You may first notice hip pain on the outside area of the hip, along the outer buttock or upper thigh area. Hip pain can occur whether you are at rest, walking, or during any other type of physical activity. Knee pain is another very common reason why people visit our physical therapist each day. In addition to chronic pain, other common symptoms of knee pain include stiffness, swelling popping, and general instability. Many physical therapy patients also find that it is difficult or even impossible to fully straighten the knee as well. If you are experiencing hip pain or knee pain, call our offices today to schedule a free physical therapy consultation.

What Are the Common Causes of Hip and Knee Pain?

Although the hip joint is very durable, it can become worn down over time due to age or overuse. As the hip joint becomes more worn down, you are much more likely to experience chronic hip pain. Additionally, a slip and fall can cause the bones in the hip to break and arthritis affects the cartilage in the hip as well.

Some other common causes of hip pain include:

  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Hip fractures
  • Work Injuries
  • Tendon or muscle strain
  • Certain Cancers
  • Osteonecrosis
  • And more

Like hip pain, knee pain is often associated with the normal aging process or overuse. However, chronic knee pain can also be the result of damage to the bony structures that make up the knee joint like the fibula, tibia, and femur. Damage to the cartilage and ligaments can also send patients to the physical therapist in search of fast pain relief. Other common causes of knee pain include:

  • Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)
  • Sports injuries
  • Auto accident injuries
  • Torn meniscus
  • Medial plica syndrome

Additionally, if the knee joint somehow becomes dislocated due to a sport or work injury, it can result in lasting knee pain.

How Does Physical Therapy Orlando Help Treat Hip and Knee Pain?

If you suffer from ongoing hip or knee pain, physical therapy can help to manage your pain while restoring strength and improving your overall mobility. This safe, effective, and non-invasive treatment method is also prescription drug-free, making it ideal for patients of all ages. Studies have shown that the manual techniques and mobilizations used in physical therapy can not only reduce hip and knee pain but reduce inflammation, restore your natural range of motion, and strengthen the hip and knee joints.

Our physical therapist will work closely with you to design a physical therapy treatment plan that fits your individual needs. By targeting the root cause of your chronic pain instead of simply treating your symptoms, you can enjoy fast pain relief. For better results, our physical therapist may also recommend using both at-home exercises and passive treatments like heat and ice therapy or electrical stimulation to reduce your chronic pain. While other more invasive treatment methods may call for surgery to relieve your hip and knee pain, this holistic treatment option is safe and gentle. In fact, many people who do end up electing to have surgery to correct a hip or knee injury will still need to use physical therapy to recover and reduce pain.

Common Knee Conditions We Treat in Orlando

ACL Repair, Meniscus Repair, Total Knee Replacement
Knee surgeries are common for major injuries. Physical therapy treatment will allow you to recover quickly and safely following surgery.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
Overuse of connective tissues that are located on the outer part of the thigh and knee is called Iliotibial Band Syndrome. It causes pain and tenderness in those areas, especially just above the knee joint. ITBS is the most common cause of lateral knee pain in runners and cyclists.

Runner’s Knee/Jumper’s Knee
Jumper’s knee is often seen in people who do lots of jumping (i.e. basketball, volleyball, racquet sports, track and field). Pain is typically felt just below the knee cap, partly on the bone and partly on the tendon. Runner’s knee pain is felt on the sides or under the knee cap.

Meniscus Disorders
Any activity that causes you to forcefully twist or rotate your knee, especially when putting your full weight on it, can lead to a torn menisucs. Physical therapy has a high success rate of helping avoid surgery with meniscus injuries.

Learn More About the Benefits of Physical Therapy for Hip and Knee Pain

If you or a loved one is suffering from a debilitating hip or knee injury, physical therapy can help! Our experienced physical therapist has the tools necessary to create a tailor-made treatment plan that will quickly help to reduce your pain and support natural healing without the use of prescription pain medications. Contact our friendly team online today for more information or to schedule an initial consultation.

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Patrick B

So everyone…listen up…if you have any I repeat any issues with tightness, pain, restrictions, go see Chris Miller .  I have had back  and knee pain for almost 18 years (natural spinal fusion due to no cartilage on my lower spine, and I grew too fast as a kid so my knees shredded) and have never seen a PT for it as I thought I would be dealing with it with Ibuprofen/acetaminophen/naproxen sodium, well guess what??? Pain free after 530 today.  I usually have pain driving in my car because of the angle, not today.  Chris asked me how I felt after spending a really long amount of time with me.  I couldn’t say anything but great.  I’ve been so close to proper stretches all these years but was never quite correctly targeting the problem areas.  I left with at least 4 specific stretches to target my back and hips, yes hips, who knew that’s where a lot of my problems were coming from.

I look forward to building on this.  Chris left me with this piece of knowledge, (as I told him I am really broken in a lot of places) you do have lots of history and little issues, but they’re all fixable.  Most doctors prescribe pain meds and send you on your merry way.   Chris did not, thank you Chris and I look forward to our next session! ” 

Traci J

“Dr. Chris Miller is the best physical therapist that I have ever worked with.

After almost 3 years following a total knee replacement surgery, I was still having severe pain and stiffness in my left knee.  I was taking Tramadol to reduce the pain at night in order to sleep.  My initial goal in working with Dr. Chris was to only play golf again.   I was lacking the range of motion and confidence to get back on the course. Dr. Miller provided very effective and focused therapy, including manual manipulation and tailored exercises to strengthen the muscles around my knee.   His caring and encouraging demeanor ensured that all of my concerns and issues were addressed. Due to Dr. Miller’s personal attention and positive reinforcement, I am now able to kneel, jog and play golf again.  I feel better than I have in several years! I highly recommend Dr. Miller to anyone who would like to improve his or her physical condition, especially after surgery. His personal touch and skilled knowledge are unsurpassed.  I am so happy to have found Dr. Miller and he has changed my life!” 

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