Hip and Knee
The hip is the central pivot point for the body. Any condition affecting the joint or the 21 muscles crossing this region can ultimately affect the lumbar spine, pelvis, hip, knee, and/or ankle. Entire lower extremity alignment relies on a properly functioning hip joint. Knee pain is one of the most common complaints of patients seeking orthopedic care. While there is often an injury associated with the pain, it can also be the result of overuse or a dysfunction below at the ankle or above at the hip or spine.
The skilled orthopedic physical therapy specialists in the Hip and Knee program perform a thorough physical exam and systematic biomechanical assessment to identify any deviations that are adversely affecting lower extremity kinematics. We correlate patient complaints, physical exam findings, and observed deviations to accurately diagnose and treat the impairment.
What does this program offer?
The Hip and Knee program starts with a thorough examination and proceeds with a comprehensive, individualized treatment regimen.
The Examination includes assessment of:
- Posture and Gait
- Lower extremity kinematics
- Joint mobility
- Muscular strength and flexibility
- Balance and Stability
- Lumbopelvic mobility and stability
The Evidence-based treatment regimen may include:
- Manual therapy (joint and soft tissue mobilization and manipulation)
- Therapeutic exercise
- Patient education / activity modification
- Aquatic therapy
Who is the program right for?
The Hip and Knee Program is appropriate for anyone who is experiencing hip, knee, or leg pain due to arthritis, trauma, or overuse. Post-operative care is also a large part of this program and essential for optimal outcomes.
What are the benefits?
- Reduction of pain and discomfort
- Increased strength, mobility, and stability
- Improved ability to walk, run, and participate in functional and recreational activities
- Prevention of future problems
- Improved quality of life
Where is the service provided?
Our Hip and Knee specialists treat patients in state-of-the-art clinics at Island Health and Fitness, which is located at the corner of Route 96 and Route 89 in Ithaca's West End and at our Brentwood location, which is located at 10 Brentwood Drive, just off Warren Road, in Ithaca.
Does my insurance cover this?
Most insurance plans do cover physical therapy services. Check with your insurance company or the benefits manager at your place of employment to see if your policy covers physical therapy services and if a physician's referral is required.
How do I get started?
To schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists, call our office at Island Health and Fitness (607) 252-3500 or Brentwood Drive (607) 274-4159.