Let me start by saying that I went to a few other PTs before this and my issue was not remotely addressed. I used to run a lot and about 2 years ago I started to feel a pain in my knee when I ran and over time also when I walked… I thank my stars that I found Therapydia DC! From the moment I walked in, I could sense that this place was like no other. Dr. Vidale spent a lot of time explaining the condition to me in layman terms. I made him repeat it so many times and yet he answered every doubt patiently. He is very friendly, caring and passionate about your recovery. He gives you exercises that are very doable and I did not realize that I ever so effortlessly built muscle around my knee!
Tim and Jenn are amazing, especially for sports injuries. They have worked miracles on my knee in both prehab prior to ACL replacement surgery, plus the post op rehab. I can’t recommend them highly enough!!
The folks at Therapydia are extremely knowledgable and good at what they do. I’ve had issues with my knees since high school and now running competitively. Normally, they swell, ache, and take uncountable hours and days to recover. But since coming to Therapydia, my knees are on the road to full sobriety!
What’s Causing Your Knee Pain?
Almost everyone has experienced some type of knee pain, whether it’s caused by a sudden injury to the knee joint or due to repetitive stresses to the structures around the knee. When knee aggravation is present, it can significantly impact your ability to participate in daily activities and sport. It is one of the most common reasons that people seek medical care. Knee pain can result from a myriad of structures around or inside the knee, and the key to its treatment is determining the source and the reason for the pain.
We’ve helped a variety of patients from runners with chronic knee pain to patients who underwent bilateral knee surgery.
Often knee pain can occur from repetitive stress to the structures around the knee and result in vague or “moving” symptoms around the front of the knee. This often results in pain significant enough to avoid aggravating activities or sports all together. Current research shows a strong correlation between knee pain and weakness in the hip musculature, along with the inability to maintain proper alignment of the leg during functional/sport activities. Common Conditions: Patellofemoral Syndrome, Tendonitis, Runner’s Knee, Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Sudden or acute injuries can include sprains, strains, or tears to the ligaments or tendons and these types of injuries usually result from trauma or impact to the knee joint or from quick movements during directional changes, twisting, or pivoting on your foot. Acute injuries typically cause a quick onset of pain accompanied by swelling, and can be diagnosed through clinical testing and imaging. Common Conditions: ACL or MCL Injuries
Why Physical Therapy
In any case, whether acute or chronic, incorporating physical therapy into your treatment regimen is essential when considering your long-term recovery. Physical therapy is proven to be successful in relieving pain and improving mobility for non-surgery, pre-surgery, and post-surgery patients. An ideal program will employ guided manual therapy and multimodal exercises to reduce pain and stiffness in the knee joint.
- Manual therapy: Increase mobility and tissue healing for irritated structures around the knee or structures preventing proper mechanics.
- Oriented muscle mobilizations called “joint glides” are performed manually on specific muscles and knee extensors to restore the full range of their movements.
- Custom exercises: Strengthening the quadriceps femoris, the primary muscle that supports the knee.
- Other modalities: Electrical stimulation may also be applied to reduce knee pain and increase quadriceps muscle strength with controlled contractions.
About Therapydia DC
Better Physical Therapy Experience
At Therapydia DC, our physical therapists offer one-on-one, hands-on knee treatment. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries. Best of all, you’re covered. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most PPO insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash-based payments.
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- Quality Treatment
Tim Vidale, DPT
and Physical Therapist
Jennifer Nelson, DPT
Jane Kruszewksi, DPT
Joanne Divito, DPT