Physical Therapy Services in Portland, OR, Bellevue, WA, and Tempe, AZ
A quality Physical Therapy (PT) program is essential for individuals who want to optimize their overall knee health; it can help reduce pain, improve flexibility, and prevent future injuries. Reflex Knee Specialists offers onsite physical therapy services at our offices in Portland, Oregon; Bellevue, Washington; and Tempe, Arizona. Learn more about physical therapy of the knee, what to expect, and the conditions it can treat.
What Is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who use a range of therapeutic and manual techniques to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Sometimes, physical therapy may be used as a standalone treatment for knee pain, or it may be recommended in combination with other conservative therapies. These include:
At Reflex Knee Specialists, our physical therapy services are focused on helping patients get back to their usual activities with less pain and more confidence and to help athletes improve their performance. Our physical therapists will first assess for any asymmetry in movement or limitations in range of motion that may be contributing to knee pain. They use a range of manual manipulation techniques, exercises, and other therapeutic modalities to reduce pain and increase joint stability. In addition to receiving complementary therapies onsite, patients can take advantage of other services offered by Reflex Knee Specialists, such as comprehensive knee evaluations.
Conditions That Can Be Treated with Physical Therapy
A normal response to pain is to avoid using the joint or to compensate with the other side of the body. This prevents the knee from functioning properly. Physical therapy strengthens the muscles around the knee, which improves joint stability and will help the knee move and function properly. Physical therapy can assist with:
- Treating an athletic injury
- Improving function in joints damaged by osteoarthritis
- Strengthening the knee after a strain or sprain
- Recovering from knee surgery
- Optimizing range of motion before knee replacement (to improve outcomes following surgery)
What to Expect During a Physical Therapy Appointment
Physical therapy at Reflex Knee Specialists begins with a comprehensive, evidence-based clinical evaluation. A full-body assessment helps our team identify the root cause of a patient’s knee pain and why other treatments have not helped them get better. Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan, including a home exercise component designed to support ongoing joint health for the long term.
The highly skilled therapists at Reflex Knee Specialists use targeted manual therapy and clearly defined treatment pathways to build up strength and mobility in the patient’s joints or other affected areas. They will also use video-movement analysis to educate the patient and track progress toward their goals. Additionally, patients never have to worry about seeing new providers at each appointment. Patients always work one-on-one with the physical therapist.
Instead of simply treating pain, the physical therapists at Reflex Knee Specialists consider the factors contributing to knee pain. This approach allows for appropriate progress with a patient’s treatment. It also helps at the most important stage of physical therapy — mobility. Patients need to rebuild mobility before they can regain functionality and strength. By gradually building on previous phases of therapy, Reflex Knee Specialists sets the foundation for long-term success.
There is no one-size-fits-all physical therapy plan. Some patients will undergo physical therapy for a few weeks while others will for a few months. A customized therapy plan accounts for several factors, including:
- Severity of the patient’s pain
- Nature of the knee injury or condition
- Patient’s overall health and goals
The team at Reflex Knee Specialists emphasizes learned empowerment, which teaches patients how to manage their condition independently after therapy sessions are complete. Once therapy sessions have ended, a patient will receive a series of exercises and stretches to continue at home to support long-term joint health and function. A home exercise program can also lower the risk of future knee injuries.
An Experienced Clinical Team
The certified physical therapists at Reflex Knee Specialists are committed to helping patients get back in the game and stay active without chronic pain. With years of clinical experience, our team uses best practices to optimize outcomes for patients.
Reflex Knee Specialists does not use physical therapy assistants or aides. Each appointment is a one-on-one session with the patient and their therapist. Furthermore, our physical therapy staff collaborates with the onsite physicians at Reflex Knee Specialists to ensure patients receive coordinated care, from their initial consultation to their final therapy session.
The physical therapists at Reflex Knee Specialists can treat the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal issues, not just knee pain. In addition to knee conditions, they specialize in treating:
- Shoulder and arm issues
- Lower extremity (hip, ankle, and foot) disorders
- Neck, thoracic, and lumbar (lower back) pain
Schedule a Physical Therapy Evaluation Today
Don’t let a knee injury sideline you and keep you from doing what you love. Conservative treatments like physical therapy can put you on the road to recovery without the need for invasive surgery. The team at Reflex Knee Specialists offers physical therapy services at our offices in Oregon, Washington, and Arizona. Contact us or call to learn more about treatment options or schedule an appointment.