Hips, Knees, & Ankles

Runner stretching leg

Our legs are made of ligaments, bones, muscles, and other connective tissues which provides a lot of opportunity for pain or injuries.

Ensuring that the leg muscles are strong, mobile, and flexible offers you the best chance at avoiding injuries and pain.

Because the entirety of the leg is connected by tendons, ligaments, and tissues, having one pain or injury can quickly lead to additional injuries or pain. For example, ankle pain/injuries can quickly lead to knee and hip issues if left untreated. We recommend seeking medical advice as soon as possible to best avoid worsening of the injury or pain.

Achilles tendon injuries or tendonitis can result in pain, stiffness, and lack of mobility in the heel or back side of the ankle. These injuries are common among athletes of all ages, but can also occur outside of sport play.

  • Tendonitis- Insertional or Non-Insertional
  • Rupture – partial or complete

ACL reconstruction is surgery to replace a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) — a major ligament in your knee. These injuries are commonly a result of sudden changes or halts in direction, like those necessary while playing soccer, football, or basketball.

The meniscus is comprised on cartilage within the knee and is commonly torn as a result of sports-related injuries or accidents. When this happens, an arthroscopic meniscectomy procedure is performed to remove the town segment of cartilage. This is typically a minimally invasive outpatient procedure.

We strongly encourage those undergoing total joint replacement to start physical therapy PRIOR to the procedure. This allows you to strengthen the musculature surrounding the joint while also allowing you to get to know your therapist and understand what physical therapy will involve post-surgery.

After the replacement, physical therapy can help reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, in addition to restoring mobility and strengthening the muscles that hold the joint in place properly.

Typically, the patella (kneecap), dislocation is when a bone in your lower leg is being pulled out of its joint.

A sprain is the result of tearing with the ligaments or connective tissue in the leg. Sprains are typically very painful and can be the result of a fall, sports-related injury, or weak musculature. Ankle sprains are the most common injuries associated with the leg.

Stretching or tearing of the muscles within the leg, hip, ankle, or foot. Intolerable pain and swelling are the most common signs of a pulled or strain muscle.

A fracture is a thin crack in the leg bone. In some rare cases, the tibia is completely broken. Fractures may or may not require surgery, depending on the severity of the injury.

  • Plantar Fasciitis can be treated with stretching, strengthening, dry needling, cupping, and other techniques.
  • Lapiplasty & Bunion Procedures: Lapiplasty® is a procedure using patented technology to correct not only the bunion, but also the root cause by straightening three dimensions of alignment of the metatarsal bone. 
  • Signs of osteoarthritis within the foot are typically grinding, popping, or a grating sensation while moving the foot or ankle. Weakness, feeling unsteady on your feet, and chronic foot pain are the typical indicators of osteoarthritis within the foot.

Physical therapy for leg pain, injuries, or surgeries typically consists of the following goals:

  • Regain strength & improve range of motion
  • Reduce pain, swelling, & inflammation
  • Improve balance & decrease unsteadiness
  • Improve overall movement, body mechanics, & flexibility