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Do you have a musculoskeletal injury or pain, posture or balance problem? All of these can restrain your recreational activities or affect your everyday routine. It is likely a visit to your physician will result in a referral to physical therapy.

Many don't know that in the state of California consumers have direct access to physical therapy. This means that you can see a physical therapist without a referral from the doctor. Click Here to Read More

Knee pain (part 4) by Charles Alexander, DPT, PT

by jessicag, May 19, 2019

How can physical therapy help my knee pain?

For all of these issues several approaches are taken by physical therapist that can help. Some techniques may include patellar mobilizations (moving the knee cap), stretching the problem areas, strengthening the problem area, taping the patella, or the use of foot orthotics. Moving the kneecap can help ensure the proper movement of the knee within the joint to decrease compression of the joint. Knee mobilization can also help address tightness in the local structures. Stretching and strengthening often includes several different exercises that will be chosen by the therapist based on what is tight or weak during an evaluation. Taping the knee cap can greatly reduce irritations in the knee and can help the individual return to their prior level of activity, but it is important to note that it will only provide temporary relief. Finally, foot orthotics can help prevent flat feet which decrease the impact the PFJ takes from the knee.

So if you suspect that you may have PFJ problems please do not hesitate to reach out for evaluation and assessment. At Burch Physical Therapy we accept most insurances including Medicare and there is no need for a referral from your doctor to start physical therapy. Let us help you start finding relief.



1: Pocket Orthopedic: Evidence-Based Survival Guide Michael Wong, DPT, OCS,FAAOMPT

2: Orthopedic Rehabilitation: Clinical Advisor: Derrick Sueki Jaclyn Rechter

3: Movement System Impairment Syndrome of the Knee: Francisco Dela Cruz, PT, DPT, OCS Kaiser Permanente Based on Shirley Sahrmann PT, Phd, FAPTA


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