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Lakewood, CO 80226
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Suffering From Knee Arthritis? Try Physical Therapy First.

More and more studies are showing that physical therapy is a highly effective alternative to arthroscopic surgery and drugs for sufferers of osteoarthritis >>

The most recent of these studies was published in the September 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). This study titled A Randomized Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Osteoarthritis of the Knee found that physical therapy was just as effective as Arthroscopic surgery.

Another study which supports the treatment approach that we use here at Belmar Physical Therapy is titled Effectiveness of Manual Physical Therapy and Exercise inOsteoarthritis of the Knee. This study found that patients treated with specific manual therapy techniques and supervised therapy had significant improvement in self-perceptions of pain, stiffness, and functional ability with total distance walked in 6 minutes. A significant reduction in the need for Total Knee Replacement was also noted. Did the results last? YES, these reported benefits were still present at 1 year!! Many of the patients reported a 20% to 40% reduction in symptoms after only 2 to 3 visits and the entire program only required 8 clinical visits.

“Can I do these exercise at home?” Sure, but in the first instance, these exercises should be supervised by a physical therapist and combined with manual therapy by a licensed physical therapist.

Contact Belmar Physical Therapy today to find out how we can help alleviate your knee pain from arthritis or other causes.  Click here to call or email us  >>

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Do You Have Pain On The Outside of Your Knee? You May Have Iliotibial Band Syndrome.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome Pain Relief

What is Iliotibial band Syndrome?The iIliotibial (IT) band is a thick connective tissue that runs from the outside of your hip to the outside of your Knee. The outside of your thigh bone at the knee has a slight bump (Gerdy’s Tuberce). Iliotibial band syndrome is caused by excessive friction of the iliotibial band over as it slides over this bump during repetitive bending and straightening of the knee resulting in friction and irritation.  This problem is often associated with running, cycling or walking long distances.

What Mechanical Factors Contribute to IT band syndrome?

Excessive flattening of the feet when walking or running.Weak hip muscles causing excessive rotation of the hip.“Bow legged” knees.Tight calf muscles.Tight iliotibial band.Riding a bicycle with a seat that is too high.

What is The Preferred Treatment of Iliotibial Band Syndrome?

IceRestAnti-inflmmatories (check with your physician first)Orthotics to correct flattening of the feetExercises to correct muscle imbalances of the hip and stretch the tight IT bandCyclists proper bike fit

If you have more questions about iliotibial band syndrome please do not hesitate to contact us. If you live in the Denver or Lakewood, CO area and would like effective treatment of this problem call us at (303) 274-2404 or email us here >>

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Medial Knee Pain

Medial knee pain can be caused by many things.  Problems in the knee itself can be the source of pain, but frequently, flat feet or hip weakness can place abnormal stress on the medial knee, which will lead to knee pain and dysfunction. 

If you are experiencing pain on the medial knee, schedule an appointment with your physical therapist to get a complete evaluation of your posture and strength to best determine what is causing your knee pain.

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