Knee injuries and pain

Complete treatment for your knee injury

athlete with knee pain

Knee pain can be an issue for everyone. Your pain can be the result of an injury or a medical condition. The good news is that, many times, knee pain can be easily treated with physical therapy.

Our SSM Health Physical Therapy team offers expert, compassionate care for patients experiencing pain associated with:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Meniscal tear
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • Osteoarthritis

Regardless of your injury, the SSM Health Physical Therapy team will develop a personalized treatment plan to get you back to your regular activities.

Knee injuries we treat

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear

    The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the bands of ligaments that connect your thigh bone to the shin bone at the knee. An ACL tear is common among athletes. Young female athletes are especially prone to an ACL tear. Symptoms of an ACL tear can include:

    • A feeling that your knee gives away when putting weight on it
    • Popping or snapping sound
    • Sharp pain
    • Swelling

    Most ACL tears require surgery. If surgery is not necessary, your therapist will work with you to restore muscle strength, agility and balance. Post-surgery, your treatment will include icing and compression, movement exercises, electrical stimulation and strengthening and balancing exercises.

  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome

    Iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome is an overuse injury of the connective tissues located on the lateral or outer part of thigh and knee. Symptoms of IT band syndrome include:

    • Pain after walking, stepping up/down stairs or moving from sitting to standing
    • Pain on the outside of the knee
    • Swelling near the outside of the knee

    Our physical therapy team will create an individualized treatment plan to address your symptoms and get you back to the activities you love.

  • Meniscal Tear

    The meniscus is cartilage that cushions your knee. These tears can affect both athletes and non-athletes and symptoms can include:

    • Difficulty bending the knee
    • Difficulty walking or stepping up/down stairs
    • Difficulty standing after prolonged sitting
    • Popping or tearing sensation
    • Sharp pain

    Meniscal tears are often treated without surgery. Your physical therapist will work with you to develop a specific treatment plan to meet your overall needs and goals.

  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease

    Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common cause of knee pain in growing kids often due to growth spurts and physical activity. In addition to knee pain, symptoms of the disease can include:

    • Pain that increases with exercise
    • Swelling and tenderness below the kneecap
    • Tightness in the quadriceps

    Treatment will be specific to the cause and symptoms for your child.

  • Osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis is the deterioration of the cartilage that cushions your knee. Symptoms of osteoarthritis can include:

    • Pain with walking, stepping up/down stairs and moving from a sit to stand position
    • Pain or stiffness after having your knee bent or straight
    • Popping, cracking or grinding when moving your knee
    • Swelling after activity
    • Tender to touch

    Our team of physical therapists will develop an individualized plan of care to get you back to everyday activities.

Get the help you need for your injury