Knee Pain

Shift Wellness

Integrative Physical therapy located in Union Square, New York, NY

Your knee is one of the most vulnerable joints in your body, as it bears the impact of repetitive motion, supports body weight, and, if you enjoy sports, endures incredibly stressful movements. When you develop knee pain, the team at Shift Wellness in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan provides the services you need, including expertise in physical therapy and rehabilitation and exceptional experience helping patients recover from ACL injuries. To schedule an appointment, call the office in New York City, or book an appointment online.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

Athletic activities are one of the top causes of knee pain, but anyone can develop degenerative changes over years of doing nothing more than walking every day. Problems in your feet, hips, and lower back affect your body’s alignment and put excessive pressure on your knee, which results in pain.

The health conditions that frequently lead to knee pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Meniscus tears
  • Knee bursitis
  • Knee tendonitis
  • Runner’s knee
  • Dislocated kneecap
  • Ligament tears and sprains

Of all these conditions, one of the most common knee problems is an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). 

What should I know about an ACL injury?

The ACL connects your femur (thighbone) to the top of your tibia (shinbone). However, this ligament runs diagonally through the knee joint, making it responsible for rotational stability.

As a result, the ACL is susceptible to severe sprains or complete tears caused by movements such as:

  • Making a sudden stop
  • Quickly changing direction
  • Landing a jump incorrectly
  • Pivoting and sidestepping
  • Suddenly slowing down while running

If the ACL has a complete tear, most patients undergo surgery to reconstruct the ligament.

Whether or not you have surgery, full recovery from an ACL injury requires physical therapy and rehabilitation. The team at Shift Wellness specializes in ACL rehabilitation.

How is knee pain treated?

Physical therapy and rehabilitation are the primary treatments for knee pain. Depending on the underlying cause of your pain, you may also benefit from the chiropractic and functional medicine treatments available at Shift Wellness.

ACL rehabilitation

Rehabilitation for an ACL injury begins with therapy to restore normal movement to the joint and its surrounding muscles. As mobility returns, your physical therapist starts a regimen that gradually rebuilds the ligament’s strength.

The final phase of your ACL rehabilitation focuses on restoring function, so your regimen is based on your goals. If you plan to return to the game, the therapist tailors your ongoing rehabilitation to your specific sport.

Other causes of knee pain

The team at Shift Wellness creates customized physical therapy treatment plans based on the underlying cause of your knee pain. Your treatment may include passive and active exercises and one of many different modalities, such as ultrasound therapy or electrical stimulation.

They offer several gentle but effective movement therapies for treating knee pain, including yoga, Pilates, and the Feldenkrais Method®.

Call Shift Wellness, or use the online booking feature today, to start your personalized treatment for knee pain.