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Knee and Hip pain

Here are some options for treating knee and hip pain:

Primary care provider

  • Your primary care provider is a partner in managing your overall health and well-being. If you are experiencing knee or hip pain, your primary care provider is the best place to begin. He or she will do an exam, review your medical history and recommend a treatment plan, which may include one or more options below. If you need to establish care with a primary care provider, we can help.
  • Perhaps, your primary care provider already recommended a treatment approach that was not as effective as you both had anticipated. Don’t give up hope. Chronic pain management sometimes requires a combination of treatment options.

Integrative medicine

The Integrative Medicine Center offers many treatments that may complement conventional treatments for hip and knee pain. For example, depending on your diagnosis, massage therapy may help reduce stress on soft tissues related to overuse injuries.

  • Dry needling, sometimes called intramuscular manual therapy, is another drug-free way to help stop hip and knee pain caused by injured or overworked muscles. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with other treatments to help eliminate trigger points (i.e., knots in your muscles) that cause pain in your hips or knees.
  • Acupuncture, which uses hair-thin needles inserted at specific points in the body to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities, may also be helpful in treating overworked or strained muscles that can cause hip and knee pain.

To learn what complementary or alternative treatments may help decrease your hip or knee pain, schedule a consultation with our physician specially trained in Integrative Medicine.

Physical therapy

  • Physical therapy can help reduce the source your pain and improve or restore your ability to move. In many cases, it can be used without surgery and often reduces the need for long-term use of prescription medication. Our physical therapists will begin with an evaluation of the muscle, joint and nerve function in your knees, hips and back. They may observe you while walking, stair climbing and squatting. They will develop a treatment plan using techniques to promote your ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability.
  • Treatment may include:
    • Manual therapy to increase mobility of the knee, hip or back.
    • Exercise and movement instruction to increase strength and mobility of the lower extremities (from hips to toes) for better function, improved balance and less pain.
    • Education on strategies of movement to return to a higher level of function or activity.
    • Dry needling and/or electrical stimulation to decrease pain and improve mobility.
  • Many of our physical therapists have advanced specialty certification in orthopedics, musculoskeletal therapy, sports medicine—giving patients with hip and knee pain unparalleled expertise.

Pain Medicine

  • When more conservative methods of pain management don't effectively relieve your hip or knee pain, radiofrequency ablation in Pain Medicine may be an option. Using an X-ray to locate the affecting nerves, our experts use heat to destroy those nerves and stop them from sending pain signals to your brain. Pain relief can last more than a year in some cases. The outpatient procedure generally takes less than an hour, and most patients can resume normal activities just 24 hours after treatment.
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