Whether you are an energetic sportsperson, in an accident, or suffering from bone degradation due to arthritis, it’s not difficult to get a knee or hip injury. In such situations, you have only two steps in front of you – surgery followed by physiotherapy if the injury required such, or physiotherapy without the surgery may be enough to avoid surgery all together.
When you have an injury, you could be subjected to a ligament sprain, tendon tear or cartilage wear and tear. Injuries on the hip can cause pain and discomfort in your groin, buttocks and waist. Such injuries will hamper your movement, making them painful and difficult. You might be reduced to limping, taking assistance from a cane or even be forced to use a wheelchair. Physiotherapy can even be used for simple knee and hip pain. With physiotherapy, you can gently and correctly exercise your knee or hip so that they can recover.
You can consider stretching and a warm up activity for your knee or hip joint. By stretching, you can release any stiffness that may have gathered in the area. Your physiotherapist will teach you several stretching techniques to improve your joint motion in those areas. Some of these techniques will be simple and you can do them on your own, while the others will have to be done under the supervision of your physiotherapist or rehabilitation therapist. Stretching will also help relieve any stress that you may have on your joints. Many of the stretching exercises which you do on your own are great for battling against any pain you may experience while going about your daily life.
Range of Motion (ROM) Exercise
By using exercise machines with the help of your physiotherapist, you can exercise and stretch your joints. ROM helps keep your knee joints and hip muscles strong and flexible. One of the best things of this type of exercise is that your physiotherapist can easily lend a hand. ROM allows your physiotherapist or rehabilitation therapist to participate in passive exercising, moving your body parts if you have trouble moving them.
It’s important that the muscles around your knees or hip joints are not flaccid. They should be firm and able to take the strain of your movement. From simple exercises like just lifting up your knee to doing complicated exercises, your physiotherapist or rehabilitation therapist will help you through this.
Daily exercise will help you recover from the injury and battle against the pain. You will have to do strength exercises day by day and its effect won’t be immediate, but only in time, will you notice it getting better.
Depending on the level of your injury, your physiotherapist can decide to use ultrasound and electrical nerve stimulator machines to help you get back on your feet.
Knees and hip injuries greatly affect your ability to walk. You may have a slight to a terrible limp. You may need the help of a cane, crutches or even a wheel chair. If the damage is permanent, your physiotherapist will help you learn to live with the limp. However, if is temporary, your physiotherapist will assist you in getting rid of it.
Knees and hip injuries are not easy to deal with, but with physiotherapy you can get back on your two feet.