Hip Injuries and Pain
The hip is a stable ball and socket joint and is the largest weight bearing joint in the body. It endures stress forces up to five times the weight of your body. Over time, this can lead to arthritis and other structural injuries which can affect your gait. The way you walk will change to accommodate the pain and alters the stress placed on the structures of and around the hip. Our hip specialist will look at how your hip functions in motion. We will watch how you walk and step, as well as, assess the joint and the muscle strength surrounding the hip.
The knee is a hinge joint that is most commonly replaced in the body due to severe wear and tear. Abnormal variations of the knee can begin to occur, such as "knock knees," "bow legged knees," or swelling of the knee. Some injuries occur while jumping or landing wrong, enduring hits on the playing field, or even stepping wrong. It is crucial to maintain normal range of motion of your knee to allow a normal gait and the ability to step over objects. Many structures can be damaged in the knee. Those include cartilage, ligaments, tendons or inflamed bursas (fluid filled sac in joints). We have specialists that can investigate all the parameters that affecting your pain above and below the knee.
Ankle & Foot
The ankle and foot anatomy is quite complex consisting of 33 bones, 26 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is the foundation of your posture and determines how your body will respond to forces placed on it everyday. As we age, our arches, of which their are four, can weaken and drop allowing for foot pain to occur. Lack of a proper gait and stretching of muscles that surround these joints can lead to tendonitis and mechanical joint issues. Our therapists can assess the integrity of movement of all of these joints and establish a plan that fits your lifestyle.