What do you think is the most common question we get from friends and family as a Physical Therapy clinic?
Yup, you probably guessed it - "What can I do about this pain I have right here?"
Honestly, we have no idea. We don't know what is actually going on with your specific pain or injury unless we do a full evaluation.
Even though we cannot give an accurate answer that will definitely help with pain, we can give suggestions that have helped other people just like you. Because a lot of people have pain that limits life, training, and performance, and we don't want you to be one of them.
Today's question: "What can I do about this knee pain?"
Full disclosure: These physical therapy exercises for knee pain may or may not work for you. Try at your own risk.
The first exercises for knee pain is focused on trying to get the quadriceps muscles moving better. This is similar to a basic quad stretch, with a little twist.
Here's how you do it: Pull the band around your ankle while lying on a bench. You should begin to feel the mobilization in the hip and quadriceps (front of the thigh).
Hold this for 5 seconds.
Now, straighten your knee a bit to stretch the band. Hold this for another 5 seconds.
After 5 seconds, relax slowly into the "Stretch" position. Repeat this sequence - pull 5 seconds, push 5 seconds - 5 times.
That's your first exercise for knee pain. Simple right? Let's keep going.
Next, we need to get the muscles working a little bit. We want to work the muscles through the full range of motion in a scenario that is not alarming to the body. Spanish squats are an excellent exercise to help do exactly that. Focus on the knee movement while doing this. Try to hit 8 repetitions. The goal is to feel absolutely fatigued by #6, then push to #8. So choose a band and weight that helps you accomplish that.
Here's the basic overview - the band goes behind your knee and is attached to something very stable. Stretch the band by walking back until you feel as though the band will slingshot you forward. Squat by letting the band pull forward on the knees; stand by pulling the knees back to stretch the band.
That's #2. Pretty difficult if you're doing it right. Don't worry, #3 is easy.
So, at this point, we have beat up the quads enough. We are going to transition to the calf muscles.
"But why are we working there? My knee hurts, not my calf!" Totally understand the thought there, but just as the quadriceps cross the knee in the front, the calf muscle (gastrocnemius to be precise) crosses the knee in the back. This muscle is commonly a contributor to knee pain. The location of pain is often not the cause of pain.
Watch the video for a good explanation, but the basic gist is to find the nasty, tender spot on the calf and smash it with a ball. Put the ball on the floor, put your calf on the ball, and put your other leg on top of that. Your goal is to find a nasty, achy spot. To make it more effective, do a few ankle pumps. This should be uncomfortable, not painful. The rule is that you have to be able to breath through the discomfort.
Alright, so that's the answer I give when people ask "what should I do about this knee pain?". Again, it is impossible to know exactly what is going on without doing a full assessment. Knee pain could be quadriceps and calf related. It could also be from the hamstrings, low back, ankle, and hip.
So if you want to stop guessing and get to the bottom of it, schedule a Physio Eval. Here's how we help with knee pain:
A lot of people have pain that limits their performance and training, and we don't want you to be one of them. Let's fix your knee pain so that you can achieve your dream outcome.
1. Schedule a Physio Eval with us now on our booking page.
2. Fill out the form below and we will contact you. It's that simple.
We are excited to get the chance to work with you! One of our owners, Jessica, will reach out directly to you to assist.