Knee Pain: Causes, Relief Tips, Treatment Approaches

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Knee pain is a common condition that many Americans experience per year. Some people experience knee pain for a short period while others struggle with it for years. Although knee pain is prevalent in many people, it does not mean each individual’s experience is the same.

What causes knee pain?

knee-pain-300x400There are multiple causes of knee pain. The majority of the time people are unaware of the exact cause unless some sort of trauma occurred. Some might experience pain with a sports or work related injury but most of the time pain comes on slowly and gets worse over time.  In all of these situations, pain can occur because of stress to the ligaments, muscles, or joint in your knee.

What can I do to relieve my knee pain?

Since each individual experiences knee pain differently it is important to be evaluated by a licensed professional before attempting any exercise program on your own. If you are experiencing significant swelling in the leg, calf pain after prolonged sitting, and/or inability to stand or walk, you should seek medical assistance immediately. If you are not having any of these symptoms, you might find some relief with the following activities:

  1. Gently stretch the calf, quadriceps, and hamstrings within pain free ranges of movement in the knee.
  2. Use a cold pack 1-2 x a day for 10-15 minutes at the site of pain to reduce inflammation.
  3. Make sure to warm up properly before exercise, sports, or heavy lifting.


Physical therapists are extensively trained in the treatment of knee pain, conditions, and symptoms. Physical therapists can help pinpoint what structures are the source of your pain and create a treatment plan that will help you move better with less pain.

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Healthlink has a variety of services that can help you overcome your knee pain. Techniques such as dry needling, soft tissue mobilizations, joint mobilizations, therapeutic exercise, and aquatic therapy are all useful tools to help you get back to doing the activities you love. Our therapists will listen to your concerns, perform a thorough examination, and build a treatment plan that works for your individual needs. To learn more about how we can help you overcome your lower back pain today, email us at

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