Let’s say you are experiencing knee pain. Typically, patients come to our clinic and say something like, “well, I tried these YouTube exercise videos for my knee, and they didn’t really help.”
The reason for this is because the knee is usually at the mercy of what the ankle and the hip are “telling it to do.” Therefore, watching YouTube videos for knee exercises may increase your pain or cause more problems.
Pro+Kinetix Doctors of Physical Therapy are movement specialists. They are experts in understanding what the root of the issue is.
But Why Has Physical Therapy Failed in the Past?
A lot of the time, traditional Physical Therapy may not work because even though a physical therapist may know that the issue isn’t exactly at the knee, their hands are tied to insurance companies.
If a patient’s physician wrote a script for knee pain, then the physical therapist may have to treat the knee. They can’t look at your hip, foot, or running mechanics to find the root of the issue. This is one of the reasons why many people have failed physical therapy before coming to see us.
At Pro+Kinetix Physical Therapy and Performance, we assess your movement patterns, find the root of the issue, and isolate what is causing your pain to make sure that it doesn’t keep coming back. Rather than telling you to “just rest,” we find the reason why your pain keeps coming back.
We recently had a patient who was a weightlifter and had back pain. Their prior physical therapist told them it was likely due to the way they were sitting or that they had a weak abdomen.
We dug deep to find the reason for why this pain kept popping up, even after strengthening his core and adjusting his posture.
Instead of using isolating tests to just look at the low back, we did a full body examination. Thankfully we did because we determined that his pain wasn’t coming directly from his low back.
This patient told us that he does bench and shoulder press exercises daily as part of his movement routine. We looked at his shoulder press and determined that he was doing them incorrectly. We found that he had a lot of shoulder imbalances, due to lack of shoulder mobility. This patient was compensating during his exercises with his low back by completely arching his low back. He couldn’t keep his back flat on the bench to complete a shoulder press, so his compensating patterns were increasing compression on the spine.
We restored mobility & strength in his shoulders. This patient is now back to work pain free after a year of living with low back pain. This goes to show that if you are seeing a practitioner, they must take a full body approach like we do here at Pro+Kinetix Physical Therapy and Performance.