Ever have that moment in life when you stepped wrong or twisted unexpectedly and felt a "pop" in your knee?
If this story sounds familiar, you are not alone!
In fact, we treat many people successfully who have experienced this very same knee injury.
It's very easy to believe that rest and ibuprofen will make it better....
You've probably already tried something like that before, after all that's the general advice you've probably come to expect when going to the doctor.
So if you are currently having difficulty with things like going up/down stairs or squatting know that it can get better!
But don't blame us if 6 weeks roll by and all you have tried is rest, ice, and ibuprofen with no noticeable change in both pain and your ability to do necessary things like go up/down stairs, yard work, and play with the kids or grandchildren.
The biggest factor in this injury is pressure.
Our bodies have developed tendencies over years of use on how we place pressure through our joints. The hip and foot are most notorious for this!
Think about it for a second. Does your foot turn outward all the time when you stand? Do you cross your legs a certain way when you sit? There are many more signs like this...
The first step is to bring your awareness to the daily habits continuously provoking the symptoms. Limit those habits for the time being while we work on things that not only help your pain, but also restore the capacity of your injured knee again.
This way you can be assured that you will in fact be able to go up/down stairs again uncompensated!
You will be able to squat without fear of it hurting or being "bad for your knees" (more poor advice from the doctor...how about you learn to do it properly to EVENLY distribute force through your legs instead of putting all the pressure directly to your knee).
And you will be able to play with your kids or grandkids again!
If you are looking to eliminate that daily annoying ache in the knee....Even if you felt a "pop" when it happened! Sign up for one of our FREE Discovery Sessions. Out of curtusy to our current clients, we limit these discovery session each week, so be sure you inquire today before the spaces fill up!
About the Author: Dr. Greg Schaible is a physical therapist/strength coach specializing in athletic performance. He attended The University of Findlay, graduating in 2013 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). As a Track and Field athlete, he was as a 5x Division II All-American and 6x Division II Academic All-American. Greg is the owner of On Track Physiotherapy in Ann Arbor, Mi. You can stay up to date with helpful information and news on Facebook.