Newsletter Video, August 2019

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Physical Therapy is Often Very Effective at Decreasing Knee Pain and Improving Function

Most knee diagnoses respond very well to care provided by our expert clinicians. If you or someone you know is suffering from knee pain, chances are physical therapy can help. Below is additional information about knee conditions, what to do if you have pain, and some recent clinical research that we hope will empower you to make the right decisions for you.

Three Exercises to Help Stabilize the Knee

By improving strength of the muscles that control the thigh (i.e. your hip muscles), you can stabilize the knee joint. Here are three exercises you can perform that might help. Ask your physical therapist first before you start this or any other exercise program.

The Bridge

  • Lie on your back with knees bent to 90 degrees and your feet on the ground
  • Squeeze your buttocks muscles lightly, then lift hips off floor about 6-8 inches. Avoid arching your lower back
  • Hold the position for 5 seconds
  • Repeat 10 times
  • Perform 2-3 sets

The Clamshell Exercise

  • Lie on your side with knees bent to approximately 45 degrees
  • Keep heels together, and raise top knee up towards the ceiling
  • Hold the position for 5 seconds
  • Repeat 10 times
  • Perform 2-3 sets

Hip Abduction

  • Lie on side with top leg straight, bottom leg slightly bent
  • Lift top leg towards ceiling 6-8 inches
  • Hold the position for 5 seconds
  • Repeat 10 times
  • Perform 2-3 sets

Reference Articles from the Video

Effectiveness of therapeutic physical exercise in the treatment ofpatellofemoral pain syndrome: a systematic review
Delay Surgery ACL Tears | ACL Tears Physical Therapy
Effect of Early Surgery vs Physical Therapy on Knee Function Among Patients With Nonobstructive Meniscal Tears
Exercise for osteoarthritis of the knee: a Cochrane systematic review | British Journal of Sports Medicine


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