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How does physical therapy help treat knee pain?

Physical therapy helps treat knee pain by restoring the range of motion. Most knee pain creates a decrease in range of motion. Correct positioning of the leg allows for the knee to function normally. Incorrect positioning can increase the pain. Techniques used by physical therapists to help treat knee pain include:

  • Stretches
  • Strengthening
  • Heat
  • Ice
  • Range of motion
  • AlterG (an antigravity treadmill)
  • Muscle stimulation

Depending on the individual, physical therapy can help treat knee pain through exercise and physical agents such as ice and heat.

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