KNEE PROBLEMS: Anyone ever get PT for their KNEES?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@1stRosie:  I’ve had PT for my knees before. My patellas are off center, can’t remember the actual “condition” but they tried to strengthen up the muscles to pull the patellas back into place. I also lack cartilage in my knees and instead have fluid to cushion them. It was a bitch. It hurt. A lot. But it did help. I wouldn’t say I was in agony afterwards, though. Be honest with your therapists! They’re there to help you not make it worse.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have the same syndrome that you have. I’ve been in PT multiple times. Like PP said, they are there to help you, not make it worse so make sure you are very honest about what you are feeling and experiencing.

 

The first couple of trips, I tended to feel a little sore afterwards because my muscles were being used in ways they weren’t used to. After a few visits, I started getting used to it. I still get pain, usually with extreme weather change.

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Sounds EXACTLY like what I did three months of PT for last year. Please be honest with your physical therapist! You aren’t supposed to be in pain while you’re doing the exercises. Make sure to stretch and ice. I would sometimes be sore the next day but never in more PAIN than usual. Please tell your PT that you’re in too much pain and you need to go easier on the exercises.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m in PT right now for an ankle issue.  I’m definitely in pain after sessions, but it’s a muscular ‘good’ sore – like my muscles got a good workout.  It usually subsides in a day or two.  My therapist said that kind of pain is fine, but if its structural pain, then we need to dial it back.  Good luck!!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@1stRosie:  My patellas move sideways. I would say the part that would suck the most is I’d be taped in between sessions. They’d push my patella back into place and then tape the crap out of my leg to hold it there. That was the most painful but like I said, it wasn’t agony sort of pain. It was just something I had to get use to because my body tried to work against the tape so there was a lot of pulling. You definitely need to do the at home exercises for progress.

Btw, thanks for letting me know what the condition name is! I hope it gets easier for you.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have, without exaggerating, done 14 sessions of PT in my life for a very, very bad knee. It’s going to hurt, to an extent.  You need to find the difference between soreness/tiredness/overuse pain and bad-news-terrible pain. 

Foam rollers will hurt, but those things are a freakin’ God-send and will work.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@1stRosie:  It’s been awhile since I’ve been in PT, so I don’t really remember the exercises that I did. The last time  I was mostly there to have an electronic machine push medication through my muscles. (It is really hard to explain and I can’t remember the name of it).

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I did PT for tendonitis when I was a cross-country runner in high school(which was dumb, but whatever). Turns out, while doing PT, I ended up with something called “fat pad irritation” (my PT had to look it up when I described the symptoms). So the tendonitis meant I couldn’t run or walk long distances, and the FPI meant I couldn’t stand for long periods of time. Awesome.

What has helped in the long run is SLOWLY building up the muscles around my knees. They’ve also just gotten better as I reached adult height and rarely hurt, so I’m not sure my experience is super helpful. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@1stRosie:  Yeah, I remember mine stretching out too. Not much you can do about that unless you wrap the crap out of your knee with an ace bandage or wear a brace so you can’t bend it, but that really just sort of combats everything since you’re not using your muscles correctly.

One exercise they had me do which I think worked really well was sitting with my legs straight out and a pillow between my knees. I’d then squeeze my knees together but also push down at the same time. It really strengthened my inner thigh muscles near my knee and helped eventually pull my patella into place. That seems so weird to explain and sounds weird but it did help. That and getting on the stationary bike and walking at an incline on the treadmill.

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