Pain felt in the hips or knee may originate in the joint itself, or it may also be a result of an underlying condition in another part of the body. For example, your lower back, hips and knees are part of the same kinetic chain, meaning they make up a combination of weight-bearing joints that must function together in harmony in order for your body to function properly. Therefore, a problem with your back or ankle joint may transmit abnormal forces to your hip or knee and vice versa. If one part of the kinetic chain is out of balance, stress or strain may be placed on another. Whether you’re experiencing pain with no known mechanism of injury, or if you have pain due to a a work or sport injury, you need to find a way to manage it. Many people use medications like anti-inflammatories to minimize their discomfort. However, these medications do have potential side effects, so it can be helpful to find other ways to relieve your pain. Physiotherapy or chiropractic care may be the solution you are looking for.
An Alternative to Daily Pain Medication Use – Physiotherapy and Chiropractic
If your doctor has told you to take pain relievers every day for your hip and/or knee pain, you should follow your doctor’s recommendations. But it also cannot hurt to ask about alternatives, like physiotherapy or chiropractic care. Working with a physiotherapist or chiropractor can help reduce or eliminate your pain in a variety of ways, including:
- Identify the causes of your hip and knee pain. There may be one or several reasons why you are experiencing hip and knee pain. In many cases, problems at your back or ankle can be causing pain at your hip or kee. Alternatively, structural damage at your hip or knee, or other tissue sensitivity may be contributors to hip pain. In most cases, our physiotherapists and chiropractor can relieve your pain altogether, sparing you the need for potentially harmful medication or surgical correction.
- Symptom Modification. Your physiotherapist or chiropractor will prescribe a plan for you that will focus on quick pain relief and other symptom modification through the application of one or more of specific movements, manual techniques, therapeutic modalities like acupuncture, and advice specific to your case.
- Exercises to improve mobility and flexibility. Often hip and knee pain can lead to loss of mobility and flexibility. Physiotherapists can take you through exercises to improve your mobility and flexibility so that you can move your limbs and joints in the fullest range of motion that is available based on your body and circumstances.
- Exercises to increase your strength. Loss of muscular strength can contribute significantly to hip and knee pain because the weaker your muscles get, the more stress is put on your joints. Physiotherapy centers around specific exercises designed to target various muscles and strengthen them so that they better support your joints.
- Heat and ice therapy. Your physiotherapist or chiropractor won’t waste your time and money by applying a modality that you can do on your own at home. But they may give you advice on which may be best to support your recovery.
How Does Therapy Reduce Daily Pain?
You may get pain relief when you are at the clinic and going through treatment, but what about when you go home? A major proponent of your rehabilitation is self-managing the injury at home, between sessions. The various strategies and exercises you will be instructed to use will go a long way to steadily improve your condition, so that you experience less pain on a daily basis.
Should I Stop Using Pain Relievers?
If your doctor has prescribed you pain relievers it is best to follow the guidance of your doctor. However, you are welcome to discuss physiotherapy or chiropractic care with your doctor as well. If you find that your pain level has decreased through physiotherapy, you can discuss reducing your pain reliever usage with your doctor.
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