When Should I See a Doctor for My Knee Pain?

When Should I See a Doctor for My Knee Pain?

A man suffering from knee pain

By Dr. Dan Courneya, DC

This is a hard question to answer as there are many different causes of knee pain. The unfortunate truth, however, is that most people wait TOO long with knee pain before seeking help. There does come a certain point at which the only treatment available is total knee replacement surgery.

Thankfully, there are many treatment options available before the point of no return. You should seek out immediate care if:

  • You had a fall or traumatic injury
  • Your knee is swollen
  • Your knee pain lasts more than 1 week


Other reasons to seek out a healthcare professional are if you have difficulty or pain with any of the following actions:

  • Going up or downstairs
  • Kneeling
  • Walking
  • Standing
  • Getting up from sitting


At the Natural Health Center, we have trained knee specialists to evaluate and assess the exact cause and reason behind your aches and pains. We can provide nonsurgical, helpful treatments to get you back on your feet and doing the activities you want to do instead of planning around your knee pain! For more information on our services or to schedule an appointment, contact Natural Health Center of Clifton today.

How Can Occupational Therapy Help Knee Pain?

How Can Occupational Therapy Help Knee Pain?

Occupational Therapy blog post on knee pain

By Shelby Allen, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy is a holistic, client-centered approach focused on treating the whole person. We focus on how we can get you back to participating in your daily activities without limitations. This can be work, school, home management responsibilities, self-care activities, and leisure activities. At the Natural Health Center of Clifton, occupational therapists will use manual therapy, stretching, exercise, progressive strengthening, and modalities to assist in your recovery and healing from your acute back injury to your chronic arthritic knee pain. 

 

As we age, our body goes through degenerative changes, one main area susceptible to these changes is our knees. In occupational therapy, a typical treatment for knee pain may look like this:

 

  • Manual therapy: Massaging the muscles that surround the knee to release tension and pain.
  • Modalities: Using heat to relax the muscles and reduce pain before exercise or ice for inflammatory responses.
  • Stretching: Elongating the muscles surrounding the knee to increase flexibility and range of motion in the lower extremities.
  • Exercises/ Progressive Strengthening Exercises: Increasing endurance and strengthening the muscles around the knee to maintain knee stability and participate in daily activities without increased pain.

 

Just a few of the stretches and exercises we might do in the clinic are:

 

  • Hamstring Stretch
  • IT Band Stretch
  • Quad/ Psoas Stretch
  • Quad Sets
  • Single-Leg Raises 

For more information on our services or to schedule an appointment, contact Natural Health Center of Clifton today.