As the largest joints in your body, your knees take a beating on a consistent basis. They support the weight of everything above them, whether you’re taking a leisurely walk or pounding the court repeatedly in a tennis game.
Knee problems manifest in countless ways, from deep interior pain within your joint to throbbing in the back or side of your knee joint, or an achy kneecap. Empire Physical Therapy & Athletic Rehabilitation is where you can find relief.
Our experienced and attentive team of Billy Reilly, MS, PT, and Paul LaRosa, MS, PT, have soothed and eradicated scores of patients’ knee pain by employing a wide range of sophisticated treatments.
They have a singular goal: to get you to a pain-free state so you can return to your active lifestyle and cherished pastimes.
There’s no mystery if your pain is the result of a fall or some other type of accident. Another common cause is trauma from playing sports. A ruptured knee ligament, for example, is a common injury from playing basketball, soccer, or another sport that requires you to stop or change direction suddenly.
Knee pain can also be the result of a torn anterior cruciate ligament (commonly known as ACL). It’s the one that connects your thigh bone to your shin bone. Ditto for a torn meniscus, which is a knee cartilage injury often associated with rotating your knee while putting weight on it, like when you lift a heavy object.
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, the most common form of the disease, you’re likely quite familiar with knee pain too.
Some sources of knee pain can be less obvious, like those caused by infection, a cyst, and gout, a type of arthritis that causes intense, sudden pain.
We get to the bottom of your knee pain by having an in-depth conversation with you about your knee pain history and performing tests.
We’re versed in examining your unique combination of symptoms, which can include everything from limited mobility that prevents you from bending your knee, climbing stairs, and even walking comfortably to a knee that’s aching, tender, swollen, and red.
We also want to know whether you experience knee pain if you’re at rest, when you try to put weight on your knees, or both.
Our practice is worlds apart from clinicians who consider their patients as simply numbers. We get to know you and your story, so we can offer treatment options that make the most sense for you.
We educate you about how you can best treat your knee safely at home. We might recommend using heat or ice to ease your pain or we might send you home with customized exercises to heal and build strength and mobility.
If you’re here in our office, we provide therapy that targets the activities and sports you engage in. We offer hands-on physical therapy and stretching and injury-specific therapeutic treatments that support your recovery.
We also offer electrophysiological stimulation, a modality that employs gentle electrical pulses to stimulate muscle contractions, improve your blood flow, and heal your knee.
If you end up having to undergo knee surgery to solve your knee pain problem, we’re here to help you heal and gain better mobility. It’s critical as you heal to do it incrementally, so you avoid exacerbating your condition.
Be proactive about your knee pain, no matter what its source, and call our office today to schedule a consultation, or use our convenient online booking tool. As always, we are taking all safety precautions to keep you safe during this time of COVID-19.