What to do about a sharp pain in the knee that comes and goes

Sharp knee pain that comes and goes can be just as frustrating as a persistent and dull knee pain, if not more. You can often find yourself in the middle of an activity, a day at work or a workout and be feeling fine, and then suddenly you’re struck with a debilitating flare-up of sharp pain. If this becomes a regular occurrence, it can start to have a serious impact on your quality of life and ability to perform regular activities. 

There can be a number of underlying causes for sharp knee pain that comes and goes, including repetitive motion injuries, age-related changes or high-impact trauma. No matter what the diagnosis is, though, it’s critical to take a proactive approach to treatment. Trying to tough it out through the pain or just hoping it will go away on its own can lead to improper healing and/or worsening of the injury. 

Working with a physical therapist is a highly effective, evidence-based way to improve the function of your knee and promote healing on a long-term basis. Take a moment to read over the following information about how our physical therapists can address knee pain and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or want to learn more. We’re here to help.

Working with a physical therapist to relieve knee pain that comes and goes 

Much like going to a physician, when you first see a physical therapist you’ll start out with an initial assessment of your pain and underlying condition. This will typically include a review of your medical history, a physical evaluation and movement tests, and an in-depth discussion of your specific symptoms and treatment goals. 

Using this information, you and your therapist can collaborate to create a treatment plan that’s right for you and your lifestyle. As a natural approach that seeks to improve the health and functioning of the body, the primary goal of physical therapy is to strengthen your knee and surrounding areas while promoting healthy biomechanics. This can be accomplished through the following methods: 

  • Therapeutic exercises, including both strengthening and range-of-motion techniques
  • Active and passive stretching, to improve flexibility
  • Manual therapy, to mobilize soft tissue and promote blood flow
  • Posture and movement training, to decrease stress on the knee during daily activities 

Combined with healthy lifestyle choices like regular exercise and a healthy diet, physical therapy sessions can help you get back to the people and activities you love while avoiding bouts of sharp knee pain. 

Experience knee pain relief at Back in Motion 

At our state-of-the-art clinics, you can expect the highest level of one-on-one care from a highly qualified and experienced therapist. We believe in providing therapy that fits your needs, schedule and lifestyle that’s designed to help you see results as quickly and safely as possible. To learn more about our treatments options, locations and how to schedule an initial appointment, contact one of our friendly representatives today. 

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