The knee joint is an incredibly complex and large joint, composed of the interaction between the femur and the tibia, along with the patella (knee cap) and fibula on the outside of the leg. Multiple ligaments, tendons, muscles and connective tissue structures like the meniscus provide stability to the knee joint. Traumatic injuries to the knee commonly involve one of three structures; the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) and Meniscus. Degenerative changes involving the articular cartilage is a common problem in the knee joint. As the cartilage wears down and bone spurs develop on the surface of the femur and tibia, significant pain can be felt each time you walk or put weight through that leg. When the pain becomes debilitating a physician may begin talking with you about a total knee replacement.

Following a ligament repair or replacement, physical therapy is essential in monitoring the healing process, facilitate proper strengtheaning that won’t compromise the surgical repair, prevent unwanted scar tissue from forming and help reduce swelling and improve functional range of motion through the joint.

Strengthening the muscles around the knee joint increases the stability of the joint and helps reduce the impact of degenerative changes or excess strain on ligaments. One of our licensed doctors of physical therapist will be able to identify a treatment program to help you strengthen your knee and reduce your pain.