Knee treatments in Kansas City

Are you experiencing knee pain?

Knee pain can be caused by repetitive stress, poor movement patterns or trauma. Pain at the knee usually presents at the joint line, above or below the knee cap or on either side depending on the cause of injury. Knee pain is usually caused by damage to the meniscus, one of the ligaments stabilizing the knee, or one of the surrounding muscles. More often than not, poor hip or core stability may be the true cause of knee pain.

Possible Treatments for Knee Pain

Common treatments for knee pain vary depending on the causative factors. Evidence based treatment protocols are vital for long lasting beneficial effects. Leading soft tissue therapies for the knee include A.R.T., Dry Needling, Graston and corrective exercise.

For non-surgical care check out our chiropractic services for knee pain.

Dry Needling

Active Release Technique

Graston Technique

Conditions We Treat

Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendonitis is a condition where the patellar tendon becomes inflamed due to repetitive strain. Excessive strain of the tendon is usually caused by quadriceps or hip flexor tension due to muscular imbalances. Symptoms involve pain below the knee cap, swelling below the knee cap, and pain worsening with jumping or running.

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ACL Injuries

ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries are most commonly non-traumatic injuries caused by changes of direction. You can sprain or tear the ACL depending on the level of trauma to the tissue, so injuries to the ACL may or may not require surgery. Symptoms of an ACL injury involve a “pop” in the knee during injury, general swelling in the knee, and a feeling of instability or “giving way” during weight bearing movements.

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Meniscus Tear

Risk of tearing the meniscus increases as we age due to wear and tear in the knee over time. However, tearing in the meniscus can occur with any forceful rotation/twisting of the knee, especially if you have your full weight on that knee. Symptoms include pain, swelling, limited range of motion, and inability to fully extend the knee. Depending on the location and severity of the tear, you may or may not need surgery. Many meniscal tears can be successfully rehabilitated with conservative treatment.

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Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs when there is inflammation in the knee joint. This is typically caused by narrowing of the joint space due to wear and tear of the knee over time. Your likelihood of osteoarthritis in the knee increases if you have had previous injury to that knee. Symptoms include pain with weight bearing, swelling, and stiffness. While there is no “cure” for osteoarthritis, activity modification and treatments to improve range of motion, strength, and functional movement patterns can be extremely helpful for management of symptoms.

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Symptoms of Knee Pain Can Include

  • Sharp joint line pain
  • Swelling or fluid around the knee cap
  • Deep, dull ache
  • Limited range of motion or mobility on flexion or extension
  • Pain with squatting or lunging
  • Pain with running or vertical impact
  • Feeling of weakness or locking of the knee
  • Pain with twisting motions
Knee pain treatments in Kansas City

Knee Pain Physical Therapy

Initial treatments usually consist of manual therapies including active release technique, dry needling, instrument assisted soft tissue/FAKTR, and/or joint mobilizations to reduce pain and swelling. We will then begin introducing load to the tissue with corrective exercise and progress loading until you are able to return to normal activities. It is important to isolate the root cause of the knee pain, which may arise from areas above or below the knee, to address muscular imbalances throughout the lower extremity that contribute to knee dysfunction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you provide a knee pain diagnosis?

Yes our physical therapists can provide you with a diagnosis for your knee pain following a thorough exam.

I'm experiencing knee pain when bending. Can physical therapy help with that?

Yes, physical therapy can help reduce your pain while addressing the root issue which causes your pain.

Do you see a lot of patients that experience knee pain at night?

Yes, knee pain at night can occur due to a number of reasons. The physical therapists are skilled in recognizing the cause of your pain and providing a treatment plan to reduce the pain you are experiencing.

I have knee pain and swelling. What are some things I can do at home for relief?

If you are experiencing knee pain and swelling it is recommended that you see a physical therapist or medical provider to ensure there is not a more serious issue. A therapist can then guide you through proper at home exercises and relief practices.

Our treatment process

F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic utilizes a variety of techniques to create an individualized treatment program to address your pain and dysfunction. We heavily emphasize hands on techniques for symptom reduction, and then introduce functional exercise to retrain specific movement patterns. Our goal of treatment is to not only rehabilitate your current injury and get you back to normal life, but help you to prevent another one in the future by correcting the root cause of your injury.

Visit your local F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic

Meet the team at any of our 5 locations: Lee’s Summit, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Overland Park & Shawnee.

Contact Us 1800 Wyandotte #201 Kansas City, MO 64108 22120 Midland Dr. Shawnee, KS 66223 15040 Newton Lane Overland Park, KS 66223 401 NW Murray Rd Lee's Summit, MO 64081 9120 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS 66212 2113 E. Kansas City Rd Olathe, KS 66061 5000 E. Bannister Rd. Suite 100 Kansas City, MO 64137 1860 N. Church Rd. Suite B. Liberty, MO 64068 505 S Hospital Dr. Paola, KS 66071 11340 Nall Ave Suite 200B Overland Park, KS 66211 121 N. Dean Ave Raymore, MO 64083