Knee Pain and Physical Therapy

Updated: Jan 23, 2021

Knee pain is a common problem that can cause a significant loss of function and mobility. Without your knees you may have difficulty walking, running, climbing stairs, or playing sports. Sometimes there is a trauma such as a fall or twist, but other times knee pain can result from changes related to aging such as arthritis. Rehabilitation is also helpful after knee replacement to regain function.


Physical Therapy can help by finding out the problems in the knee, then work to restore movement and ease pain. Education and home exercise can also help return you to the activities you love.



Common Symptoms of Knee Pain:


  • pain with walking, running, jumping

  • swelling

  • difficulty getting up and down from your chair or bed

  • difficulty sitting for long periods of time

  • sounds in the joint with movement

  • need to use cane or walker


Knee Conditions


  • Osteoarthritis

  • Total Knee Replacement

  • Ligament damage

  • Kneecap Pain (Patellofemoral Pain)

  • IT Band (Iliotibial Band) Pain

  • Baker's Cyst

  • Hamstring Injury


Conservative Physical Therapy management of knee pain may include:

  • Modalities: such as heat and ice

  • Manual Therapy:  “hands on” treatment to improve pain and restore function and movement. 

  • Mobilization and Manipulation:  movement of a joint to improve pain and restore functional movement.

  • Therapeutic Exercise:  specific exercise to improve pain and restore functional movement. 

  • Functional Movement Training:  exercises to improve posture and movement.  

  • Electrical Stimulation or TENS:  used to help improve pain, inflammation, muscle spasm, muscle function, and circulation.



To schedule an appointment with Clemens Physical Therapy call 304-842-6008




Physical Therapists are specialists in restoring movement and function related to muscle, bone, or joint dysfunction.  They often work to improve pain and disability.  To learn more about PT or find one in your area, check out a consumer oriented site on PT here




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