Halloween is in the air, and alongside the tales of ghosts and ghouls, there’s another scare many of us face: burning knee pain. It can lurk and haunt our daily activities and dreams of a more active life
Are you worried about agonizing pain when you take your kids trick or treating? Do you fear it’ll take the joy away from their smiles?
But here’s the twist in our tale: you don’t have to be spooked forever. You CAN conquer the lurking pain.
Today you will delve into the shadows of knee pain and discover how physical therapy can help you relieve those creaky knees.
Causes of Burning Knee Pain
Before we dive into the solutions, it’s essential to understand the eerie culprits behind that burning sensation in your knees. Just like every ghost sorry has its origin, so does every pain.
Here are some common culprits:
Often the main suspect, especially for those over 35. It’s a wear-and-tear kind of arthritis where the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time.
Think of it as a haunted house’s floorboards wearing out, causing creaks and groans with every step
The inflammation or irritation of a tendon can indeed feel like a persistent burn in the knee.
Tendinitis often results from overuse, improper technique during physical activity, or sometimes age, as tendons can lose their elasticity and become weaker.
The good news?
Physical therapy can strengthen the muscles around the knee, and relieve stress on the tendon.
Did you love to play contact sports when you were younger? You’ve likely already heard/experienced a meniscus tear.
Acting as a cushion between your shinbone and thighbone, the meniscus can sometimes tear due to a twist or rotation of the knee, especially when the foot is planted and the knee is bent.
Again, physical therapy can be your savior here.
Techniques that focus on reducing pain like ice application or soft tissue massages, can help to store full function in your leg.
The best part?
You can do this without surgery.
3 Ways Physical Therapy Can Help Burning Knee Pain
Stretching Out The Spooks: Flexibility Training
Imagine your favorite Halloween rubber spider. Stretch it out too much, and it might snap! But leave it untouched, and it loses its stretchiness over time.
Our knees, funnily enough, are a bit like that spider. They need the right amount of stretch to stay in shape.
Physical therapy can gently guide you through stretches that revitalize your knees.
The hamstring and calf stretch, for instance, are gold standards in knee therapy.
Over time, as flexibility improves, you’ll notice your knee pain retreating like a vampire from sunlight.
Power-Packed Personalized Strength Programs
You know, there’s something almost magical about how our body responds to targeted strength exercises.
Think of your knees like an old creaky door. It’s a little rusty and makes a fuss when you use it.
Now, imagine using just the right amount of oil, in just the right spots. The creaks start to vanish!
That’s what a tailored strength regimen does for your knees.
Targeting muscles like the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves can make a world of difference.
Exercises like resistance band squats don’t just buff up your quads; they harmonize the whole leg, promoting balance and reducing that fiery sensation in your knees.
Now, here’s where we sprinkle a little fairy dust (or should I say, witch’s potion?).
Neuromuscular training is like giving your knees a refresher course on how to be knees.
Do you struggle with your balance? Are you even slipping or falling up the stairs?
Through specific exercises, your muscles are re-educated to support, stabilize, and move in ways that minimize pain.
Balance exercises are the key here.
Over time, you’ll feel more in tune with your body and trust your knees to hold their own, whether you’re dancing at a Halloween party or chasing after the grandkids.
Rid Yourself of Those “Creaky Knees” This Halloween and Eliminate Burning Knee Pain
If the thought of taking your children trick-or-treating is giving you the shivers this Halloween, we have an offer tailored for you.
This Halloween we’re offering you a Free “Creaky Knees” Assessment.
Whether you’re struggling with balance, or pain, or require injury rehabilitation, we can help you.
During this assessment, you’ll be allowed to share what’s “spooking” your knees this Halloween season, and a member of our expert team will tailor a personalized treatment plan targeted to your needs.
This Halloween, let’s make burning knee pain a ghost of the past together without medication or surgery.
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