Your knees bear the most weight of any joint in your body. They’re responsible for balance and stability and are in constant demand. The knees are also the joints most prone to injury. Knee injury and knee pain are usually attributed to improper functioning and damage to the complex cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and muscles of the knee.
Due to the complex structure of the knee, pain can present in many different areas. Back of knee pain and front of knee pain are indicative of different unique damage, as is pain on the sides of the knee or pain inside the knee. Severe knee pain when running, walking, going up and down stairs, and even knee pain while sitting are all frequent complaints.
In addition to knee pain symptoms, weakness and instability are very common. Stiffness in the knee or a locking sensation may prevent you from fully extending or bending the knee. If accompanied by knee pain, popping, clicking, or grinding sounds when kneeling or squatting may indicate knee damage.
Untreated knee pain or knee injury may subside temporarily, but return years later as chronic knee pain. Seeking treatment proactively can help prevent a one-time injury from becoming an all-the-time pain.
Dr. Nemirovsky’s knowledge of the intricate structure of connective tissues in the knee and surrounding muscles enables him to expertly diagnose knee injury and knee damage. As a highly-trained sports medicine practitioner, he has rehabilitated many high-risk athletes such as skiers, basketball players, and runners, and he applies the same sports-oriented treatment principals to active adults at all levels of mobility.
While the knee presents unique treatment challenges, like other joint problems, knee damage and knee pain are the result of either specific injury or wear and tear. Biomechanical abnormalities can occur from overuse, imbalances in other areas of the body, or injury compensation; each can impair proper knee function.
Athletes who regularly participate in high-impact sports place extreme demands on their knees. Even when knee injury does not occur, years of overuse can result in chronic knee pain. Poor posture, excessive weight, and other medical conditions can also lead to knee problems.
At Manhattan Sports Therapy, Dr. Nemirovsky’s broad training allows him to analyze your total musculoskeletal functioning, not just your specific knee pain symptoms. He approaches knee pain treatment with highly effective combination therapy, integrating the strengthening and stretching benefits of physical therapy with chiropractic expertise to correct imbalances and improper functioning.
Muscle strengthening, particularly of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles, will aid in stabilizing the knee and improve balance. But for optimal knee performance, overall imbalances must be addressed. Leg strengthening alone will not eliminate the pain and could leave you susceptible to more serious injury. That's why our holistic approach is so effective.
In patients who undergo knee surgery for a torn ACL or torn PCL, torn meniscus, or other soft-tissue damage, Dr. Nemirovsky’s therapeutic skills are the perfect complement to surgical repair. He will work closely with you and your surgeon to determine the best hands-on treatment for your pre- and post-surgery needs. Knee surgery recovery can be a lengthy process, but the right treatment and rehab regimen can significantly speed your return to pain-free activity.
Joint support taping, soft tissue treatment, and laser light therapy can all assist in restoring peak functioning, as well as other state-of-the-art, research-based sports medicine techniques: