Knee Pain

Do you have difficulty ascending/ descending stairs, squatting, or walking up/down hills? Do you have pain in your knee that increases during these activities? If so, you may be suffering from patellofemoral pain.

Patello-femoral pain is the result of mal-tracking of the patella, usually caused by one of more of the following: weak musculature around the knee, decreased flexibility around the knee, decreased patellar mobility, and/or muscular imbalances around the knee.

No matter what the cause of your knee pain, King Physical Therapy & Fitness can assist, diagnose, and develop a program to return you to your full functional level. Contact us today for an appointment, we accept most medical insurances.

How Strong Is Your “Core?”

By: Mark King, DPT, MPT, CSCS CPT and Matthew King, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Low back pain commonly may be due to weakness of your abdominal muscles and is better known as Lumbar Instability. Some common signs and symptoms of lumbar instability may include, but are not limited to, frequent episodes of low back pain, extreme symptom fluctuation, “thigh climbing” when returning to standing from a bent over position, muscular spasms throughout your low back that “put you to your knees,” and prior surgery.

Depending on your current fitness or functional level entering into a physical therapy regimen, with one of our first-rate therapists, will assist you in overcoming arthritis pain, a nagging muscle strain, or the fear of initiating a fitness program. By improving range of motion, flexibility and learning proper techniques exercise will become easier and more enjoyable.

There are numerous research studies that suggest the lumbar spine is stabilized primarily by the transversus abdominis and the internal/external obliques. The common misconception is that performing sit ups will stabilize the spine when in reality it strengthens the rectus abdominis which has little stabilizing effect on the vertebral column. By properly learning to activate the transversus abdominus your low back pain can be resolved. At King Physical Therapy and Fitness we can establish a “core” strengthening program for you that will consist of only proven strengthening activities to target the transversus abdominis and the internal/external obliques. We also offer a “CORE” fitness class that targets your entire abdominal area. Please stop into one of our facilities for assistance, visit us at www.kingptandfitness.com, or like us on Facebook for more information.

Most major insurances are accepted.

 

Sit Up Straight!

“Sit Up Straight” is a phrase that everyone has probably heard at some point in their life time.  Well, it is a good habit to adopt.  Almost 100% of our daily activities are performed directly in front of us.  By constantly having your shoulders rounded and your head forward you are asking your postural muscles to work harder and causing your anterior chest muscles to tighten. Over time this can lead to cervical spine disorders, thoracic outlet syndrome, and shoulder disorders, just to name a few.

King Physical Therapy and Fitness will develop a rehabilitation program to strengthen your postural muscles (including your rhomboid major and minor, middle trapezius, lower trapezius, teres minor and major, infraspinatus, and latissimus dorsi). This program will passively and actively stretch your anterior chest and neck musculature (including pectoralis major and minor, scalene muscles, and upper trapezius). To help maintain benefits received from physical therapy with King PT & Fitness, you will be instructed to follow a home exercise program.  Call one of our two locations today to schedule an appointment–we accept most major insurances.