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Overcome Knee and Hip Pain for Good with Physical Therapy

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Do you suffer from hip pain or knee pain? You’re not alone. Many people experience hip or knee pain sometimes in life. The hips and knees are the body’s largest joints. These structures support the body’s weight and provide mobility. If you do suffer from hip pain or knee pain, be sure to contact our office for physical therapy. Physical therapy is highly effective for both of these ailments.

Causes of Hip Pain and Knee Pain

There are a number of causes of hip pain. It may be due to arthritis, sprain or sciatica. Arthritis is often to the culprit of hip pain — specifically osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage tissue in the hip. The function of cartilage is to act as a shock absorber. The risk factors for osteoarthritis include increasing age, being overweight and joint injury. The symptoms include stiffness, hip pain and difficulty standing up for long periods of time. Sciatica is a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve is impinged. It can be due to a herniated disc or strained muscle. Pain is often caused in the hip and extends to the buttocks and down one leg. Pain can range from moderate to severe.

Knee pain may be the result of arthritis, mechanical problems or injury. An injury to the knee can affect the bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. Symptoms include difficulty getting up from a sitting position, clicking sound when moving the knee and pain in the knee area. For example, An ACL injury is the tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament. Often, this type of injury is common in people who play sports like soccer and basketball.

The Role of Physical Therapy for Hip Pain and Knee Pain

Whether you have hip pain or knee pain, the goal of physical therapy is to help reduce the pain and improve overall functional mobility. A physical therapist will develop an individualized treatment program to improve motion and strength. Active treatments may include specific exercises and stretching exercises. Passive treatments may include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage, heat therapy or cold therapy. All of these treatments are put in place to help reduce inflammation and pain in addition to accelerating the healing process.

Aquatic physical therapy may also be recommended. Studies have shown that “compared with no intervention, a six-week program of aquatic physical therapy resulted in significantly less pain and improved physical function, strength, and quality of life. It is unclear whether the benefits were attributable to intervention effects or a placebo response.”

Physical therapy is a natural, non-invasive way to attain pain relief. You may not need to have surgery after engaging in a physical therapy program. Why go under the knife when you don’t have to? And you won’t have to rely on taking pain meds for pain relief.

If you’re suffering from hip or knee pain, contact Orthopedic and Balance Therapy to schedule an appointment with our certified and experienced physical therapy staff. Our physical therapists will give you pain relief and get you on the path to recovery. There’s no reason to be in pain if physical therapy can help.

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Our Reviews
Timothy Knopf
Timothy Knopf
20:18 30 Oct 19
Best therapy place around. I would recommend this place to everyone. They have the best group of therapists around.
Mitchell Udowitz
Mitchell Udowitz
20:43 27 Oct 19
I have been to two Physical Therapy places prior to finding Orthopedic & Balance Therapy in Valparaiso. While they were ok they don’t hold a candle to Orthopedic & Balance Therapy. OBT team works as one in harmony and they stay on top of the latest technology for their patients. Their team is so very knowledgeable and very friendly plus they generally care about what they are doing and it shows. They are concerned about the whole person not just the injury they need to be treated for.
Barbara Serynek
Barbara Serynek
18:52 03 Oct 19
The entire staff has been very pleasant, professional and accommodating. Both Kristen and Joe have given me the best massages. Kate and Kollin made sure that I was doing my excercises and helped to move things along. Feeling better every visit. I'm so glad that I chose Orthopedic & Balance.
Heidi Richardson
Heidi Richardson
17:00 19 Sep 19
I went to physical therapy not expecting it to do very much to help because that’s the way I approach everything with low expectations. Noel and his team have made my neck feel so much better that it puts me in a more positive mood each day and I actually feel more positive and more productive on a day-to-day basis..
Christine O'Donnell
Christine O'Donnell
16:26 14 Aug 19
I could barely walk into OBTS six weeks ago. I had very bad lower back and hip pain. The progress has been life changing for me. I always walk out of there with little or no pain. The staff, Laura, Dr Diane, Angie and, of course, Peggy, have taught me so much to keep my pain at bay. I highly recommend this team.
Nancy Guenther
Nancy Guenther
15:28 12 Jul 19
Absolutely awesome! My walking has improved 110%. And my pain level is zero. I highly recommend them. Go....you will be amazed how much better you feel.
Tracie Baxter
Tracie Baxter
20:24 03 Jul 19
This was the only place that could help with my TMJ. If you’re suffering from TMJ go see Noel! He really understands the condition. I no long have to deal with constant pain! The whole staff at this office is amazing and very welcoming.
Cindy Standiford
Cindy Standiford
21:33 28 Jun 19
The whole team is great!! I’m getting great care! I recommend Orthopedic & Balance for any issues you might have.
Joseph Mulholland
Joseph Mulholland
19:53 09 May 19
Amazing staff and amazing care. I came in barely able to stand up straight due to a back injury. After 6 weeks, I feel like brand new. Everyone was extremely helpful and easy to work with. Highly recommended!
Trool u
Trool u
19:44 24 Apr 19
I am a PTA student that was required 16 hours of observation time. I had the pleasure of completing my hours at this Valpo location. The staff is incredibly friendly. They were quick to make me feel at home. In a way I was sad to leave, but happy to continue on. I hope to eventually work in this field with a work family this caring and knowledgeable about their profession.
sharon Kramer
sharon Kramer
16:23 18 Apr 19
My experience has been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience in getting me to feeling better. The staff does a remarkable job and are fully qualified in their respective areas. The staff made it fun coming here and they were very caring and helpful with their clients!!
Tim Nash
Tim Nash
15:32 27 Aug 18
My first experience with OBTS was very positive. During the course of my 13 therapy sessions I worked with many different therapists and all of them were professional and competent. They were able to help me effectively control my pain without medication using their therapy program. Unfortunately, they could not get my physical condition back to the same ability as before. However, this is due to the fact that it was later determined by my doctors that I required surgery. I plan on returning to OBTS for my post-op physical therapy and have already scheduled my evaluation appointment. Scheduling seems to be a challenge sometimes but that's probably an indication of their patient's satisfaction and good reviews. Thank you OBTS!
Arlene Gross
Arlene Gross
15:58 22 Jun 18
Everyone that worked with me was helpful. I enjoyed watching the staff interact as they worked as they laughed and smiled making me feel that it was fun to exercise. My knee pain is less and I look forward to having the same results with my back.
Jose Ico
Jose Ico
12:43 27 Apr 18
My wife and I have been coming here for a year. They have wonderful customer service and the treatments were great. I could say that since coming here for treatments, I am now able to walk properly and sleep well at nights. They help you in the best way possible. The people here are great and we definitely recommend it to everyone!
Paul Grant
Paul Grant
21:51 03 Apr 18
I have read lots of reviews that say "the entire staff of ..." is great, and you know that it is BS.. .. Butt at OBTS that statement is true. The person answering the phone, appointment setting they work around my schedule. It is truly a team concept. Everyone that has work with/on me keeps me focus on getting healthy to play golf.... Even those employees that haven't work with/on me are upbeat, positive and encouraging both their patients and me..... follow up phone calls, positive, hand written notes of encouragement, reminding me to do my homework so I can play golf this year. Great Employees, Great Business!.
Diane Burns
Diane Burns
02:30 16 Mar 18
I’ve had an incredible experience here at OBTS. In just two and half weeks I’ve seen and felt remarkable results. My hip mobility has improved by 30%. I credit the excellent physical therapists and the deep tissue laser therapy for my gains. I’ve gone from walking with a limp and pain everyday to walking normally and know that I’ll be back to running in the future. Every single person is warm and friendly here. Great place!
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