Does your knee feel tight and stiff? Three possible causes

It is common for people to report that their knee feels tight or stiff. After all, the knees are important load-bearing joints that are essential for nearly any type of movement. The stress they are placed under on a daily basis can lead to injuries and conditions that affect their basic functioning. 

Whether you just started to experience knee tightness and stiffness or you’ve been dealing with it for a longer period of time, it is recommended to seek professional treatment. By taking a proactive approach, you can give yourself the best chance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. 

To give you a better understanding of the potential causes for your symptoms, we’re happy to share the following info. We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or if you would like to learn more about treatment options. 

Common causes of tight and stiff knees include the following

Patients who report knee tightness and stiffness are often diagnosed with: 

  1. Muscle imbalances — For the lower body to function properly, our muscles need to push and pull on each other just right. If muscles surrounding the knee are too strong or weak relative to one another, it can increase stress on the knee, causing tightness and stiffness. 
  2. A minor strain or sprain — Intense exercise or repetitive physical activity can cause muscle strains and ligament sprains that result in stiffness and tightness as well as pain. 
  3. Arthritis of the knees — In its most common form, known as osteoarthritis, the cartilage around the knee joint begins to wear down, causing inflammation that results in tightness and stiffness, among other symptoms. 

No matter what the cause of your knee tightness and stiffness is, physical therapy is a highly effective form of treatment. 

Treating knee tightness and stiffness with physical therapy

At Back in Motion Physical Therapy, our skilled therapists have experience in identifying the underlying causes if your knee feels tight and stiff. Through a combination of manual therapy, strength and stability exercises, and other treatments, we can help improve the function and range of motion of your knees.

Start your treatment journey today. Contact us today to schedule your initial appointment.