Using Physical Therapy to Treat Your Knee Pain

 Using Physical Therapy to Treat Your Knee Pain

Knee pain is caused by a variety of issues, from injuries to osteoarthritis. No matter what’s causing your pain, it’s vital that you find a treatment that helps. Without successful treatment, your knee pain may affect your mobility and your everyday life.

Physical therapy is one of the best treatments for knee pain, no matter the cause. It has the ability to restore strength and function in your knee joint.

At Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine, our team are experts in treating various forms of knee pain. If you need expert help, our neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist, Dr. Mark Conliffe, provides the specialized treatment you need, including physical medicine.

Symptoms of a knee problem

When your knee hurts, it can be caused by various issues. If you remember injuring your knee, you may just have a mild sprain or strain. If you didn’t hurt it, you could be dealing with some form of arthritis.

In many cases, knee pain resolves on its own, especially when it’s from a mild injury. However, if your discomfort persists, you could have something more serious going on in your joint. Symptoms that signal arthritis or other chronic conditions include:

It’s best to seek treatment at the first sign of knee trouble. Your knees carry a lot of your weight throughout the day and are important to your overall mobility. If you let your pain go, you could end up with trouble walking or difficulty completing your normal activities.

How can physical therapy help?

Physical therapy is a great tool for many types of problems, including knee pain. It can be used as a lone treatment or paired with other therapies for a better result.

This form of treatment is so successful, because it’s able to not only relieve your pain, but can also slow the progression of conditions like degenerative arthritis. When paired with other treatments like injections, physical therapy has the ability to give you long-term knee pain relief. 

Dr. Conliffe uses a comprehensive approach to physical therapy, which is known as physical medicine. This not only includes PT, but also other methods to help your knee pain, including osteopathic manual medicine and massage.

These three main therapies improve your discomfort and increase your mobility. You can greatly improve the functionality in your joint as well, allowing you to go about your normal activities.

What to expect at your appointment

At your initial appointment, Dr. Conliffe and his team evaluate your knees, including their strength and flexibility. He’ll have you walk to see if you’re putting unnecessary strain on the joints. 

After a thorough evaluation of your pain and knee health, the team creates a customized physical therapy plan to help restore functionality in your knees. This plan also decreases your pain and may include a variety of therapies, including:


Various exercises are used to help you regain strength in your knees. These exercises are specifically designed to target the muscles and structures around your knees. This helps improve your mobility by strengthening multiple areas of your body.

Heat or ice

Heat is used to relax the muscles around your joint, which often soothes pain and discomfort. Ice may be used in the initial stages of your treatment to tame inflammation and swelling.


The muscles, ligaments, and tendons around your knee are just as important as the bones in your joint. The team uses massage techniques to break up fibrous tissues that could be causing pain around your knee joint.


Stretching is a large part of physical therapy, as it helps you stay mobile by working the muscles in your body. Stretching also increases your flexibility, which is the key to your overall functionality.

Electrical stimulation

Electrical nerve or muscle stimulation helps to trick your brain into thinking you don’t have pain. There are different forms of electrical stimulation that the team uses to provide you with pain relief.

Our team typically uses a mix of these therapies during your sessions to make the most of your time. Different treatments also do different things to your knee, allowing you to progress through physical therapy.

When you need relief from your knee pain, call the team today at 502-771-1012, or book an appointment online using the convenient tool on our website.


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